Vandenberg bottle

Vandenberg

Shiraz, 2014

About 150 years ago, a Dutch merchant ship sank off the coast of Australia. Among the few survivors to swim ashore was Ari Vandenberg, who decided to put down roots—and plant grapevines—in his new homeland. Ari’s great-grandson, Richie, helms the vineyard and winery operations today, producing powerful yet versatile wines with fierce determination. It’s a quality he picked up in his decade playing in the Australian Football League before he joined the family business.

Profile

Vandenberg Shiraz is everything you expect from Australia: a full-flavored, rich red with robust tannins. True to high-quality Shiraz, the wine is big on flavor, but isn’t jammy.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Black cherries sillo
Cherry
Rhubarb sillo
Rhubarb
Black plums sillo
Plum
Rosemary sillo
Rosemary

Pairing

Meaty, cheesy or spicy, hearty foods heart Shiraz. The fruit flavors in the glass complement the flavors on the plate, and the wine’s tannins prime your palate for your next bite of food.

TASTING TIP

Notice that the wine doesn’t tickle the tip of your tongue? That’s because it’s not sugary, a sign of a lower-quality Aussie Shiraz.

A big, bold red can stand up to the dish's richness, and also dial back its kick of spicy heat. Hedonist's delight!

A bigger, fuller red is what you need when a dish is this rich and decadent. Hedonism on the plate and in the glass.

A big, rich red will stand up to the sweetness of the teriyaki wtihout overpowering the dish's earthy, umami flavors.

This dish is full of richness and cheesy goodness, so a big red's intense fruit flavors are the perfect complement.

Lamb and Shiraz are a classic combination. These tacos are deliciously hot, but this wine's lush fruit keeps them in check.

Spicy, bold-flavored dish? Spicy, bold-flavored wine—every time. Also, this Shiraz has an elegance that won't overpower the salad.

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More About The Wine

Heathcote is perhaps the most prestigious Shiraz-growing area of Australia. It’s a high- elevation spot with a consistently warm climate, so the grapes develop full, lush flavors. What differentiates Heathcote is that its Shirazes have a full body without being sweet, so they tend to pair well with a wider range of foods.

DID YOU KNOW?

Shiraz in Australia is often made as a red sparkling wine by adding yeast to the wine before bottling, so it carbonates naturally—just like Champagne.

  • VARIETY
    Shiraz
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Heathcote, Australia
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.1%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
Heathcote australia

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