Earthy, spicy medium bodied wines

Earthy, spicy medium bodied wines

Australian wines always don’t have to be about big, bold, rich fruit. If you prefer a wine with a little more restraint there are many directions in which to look. If you prefer something less weighty and powerful but that’s in no way light weight and delicate, Australia has ample examples of classically style wine that is more medium weight.

If you are looking for something more classic, akin to the wines of the Rhone Valley then look beyond single Shiraz and try some of the incredible Rhone style blends that are being produced in Barossa. The famed GSM blend adopted by the pioneers of Barossa is capable of produced multi-dimensional wines, usual lead by Shiraz, the Grenache adds softer, red berry fruits to the dark, spicy Shiraz and Mourvedre lends colour and structure. A leading name for incredible Rhone styled wines is Grant Berge who also produce stunning Cabernet Sauvignon.

Single varietal Grenache will always be of a more restrained style. One of Australia’s current rising star, single varieties due to a growing shift towards a less weighty style of wine, Grenache has been championed by producers and consumers for its silky texture, juicy, red berry fruit and perfume. Single variety Grenache is produced in Barossa and gives a contrast to the dark, heady Shiraz. Try the Schwarz Wine Company single vineyard Grenache . Mclaren Vale produces some of the finest examples, the ancient, sandy soils of Blewitt Springs, a much prized, elevated sub-region of Mclaren Vale being responsible for some of the finest examples. Grenache from Blewitt Springs is renowned for its elegance and fine grained tannins. Try Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Grenache for one of the regions greatest examples.

For this style of wine it is now time to take our first trip across the country to Western Australia to visit the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignons of Margaret River. The region is surrounded on three side by coast with winds blowing in from the western Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean which dramatically cool the climate having a significant affect on the wines. Here we begin to see the spicy side of Shiraz, remaining medium bodied with flavours of cracked pepper being most prominent in cooler climates. For great examples of Margaret River Shiraz try Deep Woods, Watershed or Cape Mentelle. Cabernet Sauvignon is without doubt the highlight of Margaret River and wines produced here are concentrated and powerful but also remain medium in weight. Succulent blackcurrant flavours are prominent but the cooling, maritime climate allows for crunchy, leaf and capsicum flavours to also show in youth resulting in wines of great complexity and longevity. For classic Margaret River Cabernet look to Deep Woods, Flowstone, Nocturne or Watershed. Also try Shiraz from Australia’s coolest region, Tasmania which is abundant in spice, red berry fruits and elegant perfume with a more medium body, the Glaetzer-Dixon Shiraz highlighting these qualities.

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