John Duval


Syrah (Shiraz)

McLaren Vale, Australia

37º40'S -122º21'E

McLaren Vale is the most established of the wine regions in the Southern Vales of South Australia, located directly to the south of Adelaide and near the coast. A relatively warm area, McLaren Vale has a range of different soil types and a wide variety of both red and white grapes are grown here. It is best known for its rich, concentrated, chocolatey reds with a soft, lush texture, with Shiraz the star performer.

2003 Sygnet
Bottle: 750ml

Grapes for the Oriel McLaren Vale Shiraz, Sygnet, also come from Coonawarra, one of Australia's most famous red wine regions. Coonawarra is a flat, sparsely populated region in the middle of the South Australia plains. The secret to its success lies in its soil, a special red/brown 'terra rossa' soil, which, coupled with the relatively cool climate, fashions some classy, ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignons that are Australia's best and have more than a passing resemblance to the leading wines of Bordeaux. Good examples tend to display aromatic, pure blackcurrant fruit with a cedary, minerally core, and with smooth, fine grained tannins providing structure on the palate.