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Noble Grapes and the LE14 Australian Shiraz/Viognier

Noble grape varieties retain their characteristics regardless of the region of the world in which they are grown, making them some of the most popular and adaptable varieties. Unlike the white nobles, the reds have a huge variation in the finished wines they produce by region, in tannins, body and aromatics. Syrah (Shiraz) is one of these grapes, typically herbal or floral, peppery and smoky. Australian variety in particular is more ruby in color, with an obvious and upfront boldness of jammy fruit with spice. The Australian variety has stronger tannins than Rhone style, with a higher alcohol content. American oak also differentiates this variety from Rhone Syrah, lending vanilla notes. Blend with Viognier, and it will soften the wine just nicely.

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