When it comes to Australian wine regions, Barossa is the most popular and experienced; and when it comes to Barossa, it’s all about the Shiraz grape. Consisting of the two subregions of Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, Barossa produces recognizably different styles of wine thanks to surprisingly varying climates and soil characteristics for the close proximity of the subregions.
As previously mentioned, the mainstay varietal of this subregion is the Shiraz grape. Barossa Valley Shiraz is known for delivering some of the most flavorful and complex wines in all of Australia (dare I say, the world?). Let’s break down the profile of a typical Barossa Valley Shiraz: Ripe blackberry, dried currant and mocha aromas are ever present and undoubtedly powerful. Expect a hefty punch of tobacco and red clay earthiness. In addition, these wines often carry a meaty (think beef broth or jerky) and black pepper aroma. While the Barossa Valley wines flavor profiles tend to feature an intense fruitiness, you can rest assured knowing the finer wines of the region are still known to age extremely well.
Eden Valley is located in a beautiful chain of hills called the Mount Lofty Ranges, which is located east of Barossa Valley. These hills occur in a considerably higher elevation (and cooler climate) than the vineyards of neighboring Barossa Valley, which translates to wines with tart and rather intense acidity. The noticeably higher acidity makes Eden Valley a powerhouse when it comes to producing age-worthy wines.