Yalumba Hand-Picked Mourvedre Grenache Shiraz 2004
About the Region
Just northeast of Adelaide, this is one of Australia's original wine-producing regions, and probably its most famous. Settled by German immigrants in the 19th century, the region originally specialized in riesling, but its hot, dry climate ultimately proved more hospitable to shiraz. Rich, dark, extracted, jammy Barossa shiraz was the first Australian wine many wine lovers in other countries took seriously, and the wine that went a long way toward focusing the interest of connoisseurs on the country's bottlings. In recent years, increased amounts of grenache and mourvèdre have been planted, often going into GSM wines (grenache/shiraz/mourvèdre blends). There is also cabernet sauvignon — and riesling and other white wines (mostly chardonnay, sémillon, and blends of the two) continue to be produced here.