What is the difference between Shiraz & Syrah?
The Grape Firstly and most importantly, both Shiraz and Syrah derive from the exact same grape varietal. In general, Shiraz and Syrah wines are bold, packed with flavour and full bodied in structure. There is also a huge range in the flavour profile of Shiraz and Syrah wines, dependent on the vineyard and region that they are grown. A lot of the difference between the two comes down to where you are and where your wine is from. However this also means that there is a difference in the styl...Read more
Variety is the spice of life....
If it’s something a little different you’re wanting in your wine glass, the McW Alternis range by McWilliam’s will provide a unique alternative to tempt your taste buds. Already an award-winning range – claiming three trophies and 38 medals at wine shows around Australia in 2018 – Alternis features a Vermentino, Touriga, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo and Nero D’Avola, with each varietal selected for its elegance, food friendly style and flavour profile. McW Chief Winemaker Andrew Higgins has ...Read more
High altitude, cool climate wines what are they?
Have you heard of cool climate (high altitude) wines, seen them on shelf or on a wine list and thought...'what are they?' Well many wine drinkers are searching for interesting wines, either different styles, varietals or regions and cool climate, high altitude wines definitely fall into that bracket. The best way to describe the difference in cool climate wines is to explain the impact of the climate on the fruit and the resulting flavour profile of these wines. Vineyards that are eith...Read more