Log In / Join Now

Wine Spectator School

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...

Ready to enroll?

First, you must register for a membership to WineSpectator.com. Your membership benefits include:
  • FREE enrollment in any course at Wine Spectator School
  • Over 230,000 searchable ratings and tasting notes
  • FREE mobile access so you can research wines wherever you are
  • E-newsletters with advance ratings
  • Editors’ blogs
  • Food and wine matching tool
  • And much more
Log In If You're Already a WineSpectator.com Member

If you have questions about Wine Spectator School, please contact us.

Free Email Newsletters—Sign Up

Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered

» View samples
» Or sign up now!
» Manage my newsletter preferences


The marketplace for all your wine needs, including:

Wine Storage | Wine Clubs
Dining & Travel | Wine Auctions
Wine Shops | Wine Accessories

WineRatings+ app: Download now for 340,000+ ratings.