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Class 2: Australia's Wine Regions

Aussie Reds: Shiraz and its Blends


Tasting Goals

Taste a range of red wines from Australia. Compare Shiraz from two different growing regions and a pair of important Shiraz blends. Pay special attention to the differences in flavor and structure and also pair the wines with regional foods.

The Four Wines

Two wines should be Shiraz; one from McLaren Vale and the other from Coonawarra. The other two wines should be red blends from South Australia; one based mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz and the other on a Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvedre blend.

  • The wines should be from the same vintage, or within a year or two of each other.
  • Each Shiraz should...

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