How Shiraz created New World

Big, bold and ferocious, Shiraz is the grape that virtually invented the modern wine world.

8th July, 2006

Big, bold and ferocious, Shiraz is the grape that virtually invented the modern wine world. It enthralled wine critics, empowered New World winemakers and, above all, delighted wine consumers with its rich, generous style and taste.

However, even for an innovator it has had its difficulties.

While it radicalised the method of production by bringing a more direct approach to winemaking, it also made some poor career choices, becoming flabby and weak. Nonetheless, it kept...

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