The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Barossa Valley

Perhaps no name is as emblematic of high-quality Shiraz as is South Australia's Barossa valley, the heart of the country's wine industry. Home to the famous ancient vineyards of Australia wines, the Barossa valley viticultural region actually encompasses two valleys, the Barossa and the cooler, higher-altitude Eden valley; historically, production has centered around the Barossa valley, with its adequate rainfall and long warm summers. The style of wine made here reflects these summers as the wines tend to be big and richly flavored, with a complex palate impression and a sense of elegance frequently missing in Aussie Shiraz. The classic examples are opulently rich with bold blackberry and plum fruit with notes of cocoa and mocha and a distinct pepperiness on the nose.
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