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Adelaide Hills Shiraz: the top wines to try

Slender, lithe, lively and sexy – this is the Adelaide Hills Shiraz that consumers and critics alike are falling in love with; undeniably Australian but a different style to what you might be used to.


Individual analysis of the Adelaide Hills by grape variety:

Chardonnay | Sauvignon Blanc | Pinot Noir | Sparkling | Alternative varieties

Plus: Adelaide Hills value – the best wines to buy

In truly understanding what cool-climate characteristics can bring to Adelaide Hills Shiraz, many of the region’s winemakers have taken a great leap forward over the past five years to explore a significantly different style.

The smart ones have stopped chasing the amplified characters typical of South Australia’s other historically famous Shiraz regions, the Barossa and McLaren Vale.

Instead, they’ve learned that the secret to unlocking the best expressions of cool-climate Shiraz requires stepping outside a familiar commercial framework.

The result is a lively new style, its nervy energy driven by a spine of acidity rather than flabby alcohol.

Scroll down for tasting notes and scores of top Adelaide Hills Shiraz

Adelaide Hills Shiraz: top wines to try

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