Cool Climate Shiraz

Cool Climate Shiraz
  • Oct 7, 2022

Cool Climate Shiraz

Traditionally the Barossa Valley has been heralded as the main Shiraz region in Australia. Typically big, bold with a large alcohol content.

Many winemakers are now choosing to create Shiraz from cool climate fruit. The results are amazing.

"Of the eight Trophy winners at the 2019 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, seven were from cool climates"

Ilya's 2019 Shiraz includes the following description-:

Red hues with crimson edges.
Complex aromas of red berries, plums, confit of fruits and warm baking spices. Rich, yet finely structured palate. Richness derived from low yielding vines, sited on ancient ironstone soil with optimal northerly aspect, the finesse being a classic regional character of Adelaide Hills. Sweet fruits and hints of liquorice linger on the palate, carried by subtle tannins. Matured in fine grained new and seasoned French oak barrels for 14 months. Enjoy now or cellar for best part of a decade with ease.

The higher the vineyard, the more crucial a northerly aspect becomes in order to promote desirable ripeness levels. The soil becomes a major factor. The sun and importantly the cool nights factor in diferentiating quality Shiraz.

Australia's cool climate regions
  • Adelaide Hills
  • Eden Valley
  • Coonawarra
  • Tasmania
  • Great Southern
  • Tumbarumba
  • Orange
  • Canberra
  • Yarra Valley
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Beechworth
  • Pyrenees
  • Queensland's Granite Belt
Killara Estate Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley
Killara Estate Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley