Wine of the Day: Brolga Brook Shiraz
The famous Australian winemaker Peter Lehmann once said “When God invented Shiraz he did so with Australia in mind”. In other parts of the world this grape variety is referred to as Syrah, with its origins in France’s Northern Rhone region. In fact, in the 1970’s there were more Shiraz plantings in Australia than in the Rhone Valley. There are also claims for its origins from the ancient city of Shiraz in current day Iran, however DNA testing appears to have discounted this claim. Australia has since become associated with fine Shiraz production and this Brolga Brook Shiraz is a good example of a wine whose grapes are sourced from the warm inland Riverland region of South Australia.
The Brolga is an emblem of Australia’s outback waterways, the bird being found along the majestic Murray River whose waters supply irrigation for these Shiraz grapes. The wine is typically rich, deeply flavoured, with generous fruit and spicy characteristics. There is an earthy fruit sweetness that give an excellent balance to the tannins of this wine variety. Either drunk on its own, or with friends over a hearty meal, it is a wine for all occasions.