Ever wondered which wines were the favorites of Australians in 2016. Here’s our list of Australian Shiraz Wines coming from different regions of Australia that won the hearts of many in the year 2016. It includes the wines from popular brands as well as the brands less heard of. Sit back and take a peek into 8 popular Shiraz Wines that ruled Australia in 2016. These wines are definitely worth a try! Especially to be enjoyed with friends and family or for special occasions.
Pizzini Prosecco 2016 King Valley Victoria
Pizzini wines is a family owned winery in northeast Victoria. Pizzini Prosecco displays a pale straw colour with citrus blossim, fresh lime, wisteria flowers and green apples aroma.
Pizzini Prosecco contains 11% alcohol and available for $239.88 per pack of 12 bottles.
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Australia is one country which devoted most land area to organic farming when compared with other countries of the world. With 172 million hectares of land area under being farmed organically comprising about 40 percent of the total world area under organic farming methods, it can be said that switching to organic methods is the first choice of agriculturists.
As people become more knowledgeable about all things organic, viticulture is also going organic in a big way. Today, organic viticulture has been adopted in all major wine growing regions of the world, spanning Americas to Australia, through Europe. Australia has the third-fastest-growing organic sector. Organic wine-making here has expanded by 120 percent in the period of 2011 to 2014. By 2014, the organic wines of Australia were valued at $117 million. Currently, there are about 200 organic winemakers in Australia.
For information of readers, our online wines store also lists organic red wines and organic white wines.
While talking of organic wines, it is important to distinguish these from the bio-dynamic as well as the vegan wines.
Difference between Organic and Bio-dynamic wines
Organic wines made from certified organically grown grapes do not use synthetic pesticides or additives during grape growing and do not add any sulfates during wine-making but grapes may have them naturally. Biodynamic wines, like organic wines, also do not use synthetic chemicals but treats vineyard as an ecosystem and take into consideration nature’s rhythm such as lunar cycles and astrological influences. Also, bio-dynamic wines do not include yeast additions in the wine-making process.
How do one know whether the wine is organic or not?
There are certifying agencies in Australia which work to certify the organic farms where wine quality grapes are grown. By checking the label of these certifying agencies on these wine bottles, one can make out whether the wine is truly organic or not. Also, one can check online how the wine was made and what practices were employed.
Syrah or Shiraz- What is the difference between these two red wine varietals. This is the most popular question when it comes to shiraz wines. And, there are a number of answers which point to the fact these two are one and the same thing. There is no difference between the two wines. It is only the nomenclature which is different due to the different ways this word is said in different parts of the world.
Links with Shiraz- The Iranian City
The first thing which needs to be cleared is that this red wine grape varietal has nothing to do with the Iranian city of Shiraz which has a long history of habitation and growing wines in ancient and medieval times. There is a myth that the famed Shirazi wine grape varietal was brought to the Rhone region by traders. However, there is no solid documentary or DNA evidence to back this claim. In fact, no credible genomic studies of this grape have been done to determine its origin in this city (which was called Syracuse). At this stage, we can safely say that matching of these two names is purely coincidental, and beyond names, there is no commonality between the two.
The Genetic Connections
Shiraz is a popular red wine varietal. In fact, Shiraz red wines are the most consumed wine varietal in Australia. However, on conducting the genetic studies, it has been found that present shiraz grape varietal is actually a cross between the two native grape varietals of France- Dureza red grapes and Mondeuse white grapes. Dureza is a native of Ardeche region of France whereas Mondeuse belongs to Savoy regions. Though genetic connection has helped in determining its parentage, there is no evidence to suggest the time from which this grape varietal is being grown.
Historians have tried to determine its age in an indirect way. Pliny’s Naturalis Historia, written in AD 77, mentions a dark skinned grape varietal which was farmed in those times by the people of Allobroges. Pliny also mentioned that this grape varietal was not in existence about 50 years back. Pliny named it Allobroges, which is considered to be the present Shiraz.
Hermitage and Shiraz
Syrah is the name used to denote this wine in Europe, Latin America and South Africa. However, it is only in Australia that the name Shiraz has become popular. But, Shiraz was not the first name of this grape varietal in Australia. It was Hermitage. The grapes continued to be called by this name until late 1980 when it conflicted with one of the Protected Destination of Origin names of France. So, the name had to be changed to Shiraz and the wine became popular by this name.
Well, whatever be the name, Aussies love shiraz for its style, aroma, flavour and palette.
Red wine is manufactured by crushing, fermenting and processing dark-skinned grapes. With the colour palate ranging from shades of violet to red, red wines typically contain 12-15% alcohol, juicy and ripe plum, blackberry, cherry and blueberry flavours balanced by a light acidity, delicate tannins and a strong oak backbone. The most common and loved red wine varieties are Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, to name a few. All red wines (not to exclude the white ones as well) come with clear health benefits if intake happens in moderate amounts. Which compounds are responsible for these health giving properties of any red wine?
Red wine grapes contain components which are referred to as antioxidants. These antioxidants either slow down or prevent the oxidation of other molecules. Some common antioxidants present in red wines include polyphenols, resveratrol, melatonin and flavonoids.
Resveratrol is said to be the key ingredient in red wines which prevents our blood vessels from damage and helps regulate the clotting of blood. The way it works is that resveratrol reduces LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, known as the bad cholesterol to prevent blood clots. This helps cement the theory that consumption of red wines helps prevent heart disease. This resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes that are used to produce wine. During the production of red wines, the extracted juice is kept on skins for an extended period of time in comparison to white wines. This is the reason why red wines are considered more heart-healthy than white wines and people prefer to buy red wines.
Here is a list of top wine producing and consuming countries of the world. This has been based on the research inputs from one of the top wine statistics reporting institute, the Wine Institute which is based in California. Here are some of the interesting conclusions which can be drawn from these statistics:
- France is the largest producer and is also one of the largest consumers of wine. It ranks second in terms of consumption of wine. Also, in terms of the per capita consumption, it is at number 5. All top 4 countries in per capita consumption are small countries with very less population base. Therefore, France is first major country in per capita consumption of wine.
- Australia is the sixth largest producer of wines whereas it is the ninth largest consumer. However, in terms of the per capita consumption of the wine, it is nowhere is the list of top 15 countries. This shows that owning to its demographics, a large number of people drink wine which increases the overall consumption but they are not heavy drinkers.
- Wine drinking dynamics play a significant role in increasing the per capital consumption of alcohol. It has nothing to do with the religious sentiments which are considered to work against consumption of alcohol. However, on the contrary, drawing from the tradition of consuming wine in groups while having luncheon together is an important reason for higher per capita consumption. This is precisely the case why Vatican City ranks topmost in wine consumption.
- Consumption of wine in China is growing. It is the 5th largest consumer already though it is the 8th largest producer of wine. Online retailing of wine is picking up and so is the interest of the Chinese in consumption of wines. China is already a top export market for Australian wines as well as for a number of European wine producers.
- Argentina and China are the only South American countries which are among the list of top 15 producers but Argentina is the only one in list of top consumers. Chile is not a big consumer but exports wines. Recent decline in their production has hit exports, opening way for other wine producing countries to explore markets abroad.
Australia boasts of producing some of the best wines in the world. The exotic locations and fine climate here are brilliantly suited to grow excellent quality grapes that extremely experienced winemakers turn to top notch wines. One such Australian specialty is the Sparkling Shiraz, a wine that Australians literally swear by and boast of. Also called the sparkling burgundy, the bubbly Shiraz is lush and rich and considered Australia’s unique offering to the world. In this one wine, all great qualities of a red sparkling wine can be found.
The history of sparkling red wines goes back to 1881 when the Victorian Champagne Company produced the first red sparkling wine that was actually rose coloured. After a few years,the company was liquidated and this stopped the production of the bubbly burgundy. Later, in 1888, Edmund Mazure joined the Auldana vineyard in Adelaide and produced sparkling red wine from the Shiraz grapes. A couple of other companies kept producing different types of sparkling red wines for a couple of decades after this but great success came by only in 1990’s. This was when sparkling Shiraz began becoming immensely popular all over Australia. Today, more than sixty different types of sparkling red wines are produced in Australia and exported all over the world. Still, the sparkling Shiraz holds the ground as being one of the oldest and most favourite Aussie sparkling red wine.
Australian winemakers reserve the best of their fruit to make the sparkling Shiraz. It requires better storage and extra handling that actually makes it less profitable than its still version. This makes it pretty clear that most wine makers make this wine for the love of it than for profit making.
The bubby Shiraz has a heavy flavour that is lightened by the presence of bubbles when you drink it. The aroma of this wine is oaky whereas the flavours are of cherries, strawberries, violets and chocolate. It is a very powerful drink that is sweet yet dry and all in all amazingly brilliant!
To get the best out of a sparkling Shiraz, you need to serve it at the right temperature. Usually, it tastes best when slightly chilled. If you are having this wine in the hot weather, you can put it in the refrigerator for about 30 to 40 minutes before serving. On the other hand, during winters, you can serve it at the room temperature. Being a full-bodied wine, this one goes well with most meaty dishes. Its great pairing with turkey makes it a great drink to celebrate on Thanksgiving or Christmas. You can also serve sparkling Shiraz at a barbeque. To get the best of the aromas of a sparkling Shiraz, it is better to serve it in a glass with a bigger bowl. However, if there is a lot of toasting going on, flute glasses also work fine. So serve this lovely sparkling red wine bubbly to give yourself as well as your guests a great treat at the next party or get together.