Shiraz Wine Origin
The French call it Syrah, some Americans call it Hermitage and in Australia we generally call it Shiraz. According to my research, the vine is another French export to the world, most likely from the Rhone Valley in the east of France, bought to our shores by the anecdotal father of Australian wine making, James Bushby. Bushby gathered many cuttings during his time in Spain and France where he was researching for his book titled: “A treatise on the culture of the vine and the art of making wine” (1925) Which was a precursor to his: “A Manual of Plain Directions for Planting and Cultivating Vineyards and for Making Wine in New South Wales” (1930) Both books are available at the National Library of Australia.
The Shiraz Wine Style
We think the most popular style of Shiraz wine produced from the Shiraz grape is very much big and full bodied. However, wine makers are an artistic and stubborn lot and tend to indulge their own ideology when it comes to style. The study of wine making is labeled Oenology, a name that seems to ring true to a very singular nature of a wine maker. So you may find a Shiraz that is light and sour or one that is big and full bodied and all descriptions in between. Read the labels, research the brands and regions and enjoy the journey. I have.
Health Benefits Of Shiraz Wine
Shiraz like other red wines may contain antioxidants called polyphenols that are thought to help protect the lining of your heart blood vessels and help protect from obesity and diabetes. A particular polyphenol called resveratrol has been singled out by research as that key ingredient. The research studies have been predominantly in mice and suggest that the daily volume intake of red wine needed to be effective in humans (60 litres) would be overshadowed by the damage of the alcohol on the individuals liver and kidneys.