When the freely settled town of Adelaide was proclaimed in December of 1836, I wonder whether anyone could foresee the future of wine?
South Australia was a British colony distinct from all others in early Australia by the fact of it not being a jail. The jibe “…you’re all convict descendants…” from the poorly read makes any South Australian cringe.
In the way that wine has of combining an unlikely number of civilization’s elements, the history of growing grapes on the Adelaide plains combines them all. Geography, geology, climate, economics, migration, war, education and host of other humanity’s threads accumulated in this unlikely place at the end of the world. Today, we have as the biggest industry in the region the production and export of wine.
And pretty good wine at that. Grange is made here, as is the increasingly respected Henschke Hill of Grace. Further south on that list is this bottle, a wine that might be as good as any at being straight down the middle for a South Australian budget shiraz.
The back of the bottle notes are precise and accurate:
This full bodies Shiraz displays rich, ripe plum and berry fruits which is [sic] complemented by subtle spice and oak character. On the palate the soft round tannins and a mouth-filling richness complete...(the glass).
No need for me to reinvent words that work so well.