Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 611

4 AUGUST 2022 AUSTRAL I AN & NEW ZEAL AND WINE ADVERT I S ING PROMOT ION | 7 First things first, Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape. In France, it’s called Syrah and the Rhône Valley its most famous natural habitat. But take the grape out of France and in the southern hemisphere it’s often called Shiraz. The difference is not just a question of location though. Northern hemisphere wines tend to have a more savoury, spicy feel, while southern hemisphere Shiraz is more unctuous with warmer compote-like characters. As the wine world develops, the styles of wine being produced in Australia and New Zealand, particularly in the cooler spots, are evolving too. Margaret River in Western Australia is one such region, producing a distinctly cooler style of Shiraz compared to those from elsewhere in the country. And, conversely, some wines being made in southern France are distinctly New World in how they look and taste. No matter where it’s grown, Syrah/Shiraz always brings personality to the wine – think black fruit, chocolate and pepper – and to get the best from it, always serve with food. Anything barbecued works well, from ribs to burgers, and make sure you save a glass for the cheeseboard. But Syrah/Shiraz is not the only variety to have acquired a different name and characteristics on its travels Down Under. The grape known as Moscato in Italy is Muscat in the raisiny, sweet wines of Australia’s Rutherglen region, and Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris comes in different guises, too. When light, crisp and delicately fruity, it’s Pinot Grigio; when fuller, fruitier, and spicier, it’s invariably Pinot Gris. And you’ll find examples of both from this part of the world, and sometimes even from the same region, such as Marlborough in New Zealand. can really help when you’re buying wine YARRA VALLEY Go down to the southern tip overlooking Tasmania and you’re in Victoria, where the cool Yarra Valley is producing some of Australia’s smartest Pinot Noirs. It’s also the perfect place to make seriously good sparkling wines. NEW ZEALAND MARLBOROUGH The Sauvignon grape put this region on the wine radar. Sub-regions include the Awatere Valley and the Wairau Valley. CENTRAL OTAGO Here, winemakers get great results with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. WAIPARA The long, dry growing season and cooling ocean get the best out of grapes such as Riesling. HAWKE’S BAY Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay all thrive in the gravel soils of this North Island region. Find even more wines at waitrose.com Offers and prices in this publication may vary in Little Waitrose, the Channel Islands and concessions. Number of products on offer varies by store. Some products are available only in larger branches. Subject to availability. Offers are valid as stated. You must be 18 years old or over to purchase alcohol. Excludes: multi-buy and quantity discount promotions and price promotions (where applicable) on alcohol in Scotland. ROOM TO BREATHE Red wines, such as a bold Shiraz, are often served in a larger glass than whites. This is because the larger bowl creates more surface area and helps release the complex aromas and flavour notes. In recent years, though, stemless wine glasses, such as LSA International Wine Collection Stemless Red Wine Glasses, £50/4s, have become popular in bars and restaurants. The bigger bowl helps the wine to breathe – and there’s much less chance of it getting tipped over! We say Syrah, you say Shiraz… Look beyond the name changes and you’ll discover that some of your favourite wines are not so different after all Want to learn more about wine? Our masterclasses and tastings are back and our WSET-qualiäed drinks experts can’t wait to pass on their knowledge. From £35 per person. Details at waitrosewinetasting.com or email tastings@waitrosecellar.com