Nestled in the beautiful state of South Australia, Barossa Valley brims with some of the oldest vineyards and wineries known to Aussies. This age-old wine-producing region is home to the most coveted and prestigious brands including Penfolds, Henschke Cellars, Wolf Blass and Jacob's Creek. To get a taste of its boozy goodness, here are the top Barossan wine varieties you need to know.
Dominating almost half of the valley’s wine production, Shiraz is one of the oldest grown wines since the 1800s. Not only is it prominent for its disease-resistant properties, Shiraz is essentially rich and full-bodied in flavours, accented with notes of berries, pepper, and even liquorice. The acidity from its high tannin level and robust dark-fruit qualities makes it a great complement to meat dishes.
2) Cabernet Sauvignon
With the cool climate of Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes with a wide selection of scents and tastes. Although it shares similar elements to the Shiraz, this wine boasts subtle hints of green pepper when not fully ripe and concentrated cassis undertones as it ripens. Its healthy level of tannin serves well with Italian dishes and roasted meats.
On a sweeter note, the refreshing Riesling bursts with a combination of fruity aromas such as nectarine, apricot, peaches, and pear. The wine’s high acidity gives a crisp and dry flavour to the palate – resembling the tartness of lemonade. For food pairings, Riesling’s sweetness and acidity work wonders with spicy food especially Indian and Thai.
Widely recognised for its unique blend of Shiraz and Mataro, Grenache is a semi-sweet flavoured wine loaded with ripe strawberries and raspberries, and a touch of peppery goodness. The soft and mild flavours of this drink are fantastic for hearty dishes like roasted ribs and racks of lamb.
Under the moniker Mataro, this intense, deep-coloured wine hails all the way from Spain. Mourvèdre yields herbaceous, earthy scents as well as an exquisite fusion of pear and black fruits. Containing a high level of tannin, the wine develops rounded and complex flavours throughout its ageing process. Like any full-bodied red wine, Mourvèdre goes hand in hand with meat dishes as well as Portobello mushrooms and lentils that help absorb the wine’s tannin.
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