Wine of the Day: ’08 Majestic Land Reserve Shiraz
The early German settlers to the Barossa Valley region of South Australia brought with them vine cuttings sourced from the wine regions of Europe and South Africa, the latter industry having been well established by then. Many of the early plantings exist as 100 year-old plus vines, with thick and gnarly trunks and stems and low yields. These highly sought after wines are blended to produce many of the iconic wine brands found in Australia today.
It is also a tragedy that the government of Australia initiated a paid vine pull scheme a couple of decades ago to try to reduce some of Australia’s wine surplus. This was before Australia became a major global wine producer, resulting in large acres of exquisite vineyards being removed.