Itâs just a teensy bit spirity, but certainly charming and such a good presentation of style. 14.5%, $30. You know what else I love? Picked by: Nick Stamford, Managing Director of MW Wines in Collingwood, Australia’s largest independent wine auction house. Has understated purple fruit, sage and then a quietly bitter and substantial palate. Nice. Food pairings with Australian Shiraz should consider the context of diverse styles. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will deliver our top stories to your inbox. Read more about me here or get in touch to book your next wine event with me here. The oak and alcohol give this a dusty, almost curranty dried fruit edge. Worth a bottle. I now judge at wine shows around the world, sit on the Australian Wine List of the Year awards panel and was once a Wine Journalism Young Gun (but baby that was years ago). 13%, $40. Shiraz has relatively loose bunches, with large thick-skinned berries and is marked by its spicy, black fruit flavours and smooth tannins. Shiraz is Australia’s favourite red variety, representing 40% of the total red grape crush and constituting one fifth of all wine grape production in Australia. Would I buy it? Just a bit lean, but svelte too. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz … It produces ‘lovely rich plum fruit but with an ironstone character’ according to Hardys winemaker Nic Bowen. Expect to receive the latest in celebrity style & watches, rare and collectable cars, latest business travel and airlines news plus much much more. Best drinking: wait a few more years and drink over twenty. Bluntly fruity though. Needless to say, I discovered wine, and my life evolved with a unique dual focus - wine and environment.Twenty years later and I spend my days wearing many (wine) hats, mostly as a writer, presenter and marketer. 18/20, 93/100. Itâs just a little bit tart, but the finish is true. Always a substantial wine is Woodhenge, again in 2018. That oak will seduce, but itâs a singular flavour and underneath this tastes like a missed opportunity. A glass. This is a celebration of the red dirt soils of the Hunter Valley, and sourced from the highest blocks on the Lochleven Vineyard. Brimming with fresh black fruits, plums, figs and a hint of cigar box (and liquorice) this wine is velvety and layered with lovely warming oak—all without being too much. Still a reasonable drink. Would I buy it? Shiraz go well with hearty red meats, steaks, barbeque and wild game like venison and kangaroo. 14%, $300. That is a solid line-up of winemakers on the Clyde Park roster. White Wine. While a lot of Shiraz is opened here at Graham HQ, the bottles emptied tend to not be the stereotypical ‘big’ Shiraz. Price Range. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. That Shaw & Smith prices haven’t really gone up, despite the quality, high scores and acclaim. $313. A savoury bomb full of tight black olives, blasts of truffle and wafts of wild herbs, melting tannins saturate the palette of condensed black berry fruit, lifted by soft aromatic florals from 3% Viognier (grape) and gentlest splash of salty sea spray leave this Syrah perfectly poised. Shiraz was first brought to Australia in 1832 by James Busby, unwittingly with the help and co-operation of the French themselves! Best drinking: now to ten years plus. For those days a Merlot or Nebbiolo could be on the cards. 19 Crimes 19 Crimes Red Blend 2019. Meat-and-three-veg McLaren red, but convincing in its manner too. Customise your D'Marge reading experience by selecting your preferred region below. Fun fact: Shiraz makes up over 25% of all winegrapes crushed in Australia, and South Australia has the largest vineyard area with 76,292ha (Wine Australia figures 19/20). It also pairs well with grilled vegetable and thick stews. There’s a time of week when you’re after something fun-loving and easy to drink. Drinking a bit less shiraz overall than in the past and very much liking more cooler climate styles. And right at the heart of this incredible variety is Australia's most famous wine … I’d drink it, but I can’t justify the price to buy. In 2019 and 2020 I was voted in the Top 30 Best Wine Critics in The World, and in my spare time, I'm a sucker for punishment and run trail ultra marathons, much to the delight of my long-suffering family. Personally, I think the price/quality equation peaks somewhere between $40 and $60 for most varieties. Would I buy it? Shiraz tends to come from warmer growing climates, namely the South Australian regions of Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. Review: Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Old Vine Grenache 2019. Would I buy it? Mid bodied, blackberry, cherry and spice, a wine for the warmth of the colonial Christmas and well matched to the ham and turkey fair. Cabernet has a sweeter taste, fruity like blackberry with mint and cassis. Jasper Hill has been organic since its vines were first planted in 1975. Itâs ripe and polished if leaning a little too far into warmth and inelegance, with a waft of caramel on the finish. 3,087 th. Would I buy it? Shiraz is often referred to as Syrah outside Australia. Whether it’s to accompany a thick juicy steak or you’re simply after something a little riper and full flavoured, these are the moments when you crack open a Shiraz. 14.5%, $35. Sourced from the Homestead Vineyard, and feels the most classic Hunter style of the range too – more ‘medium’, with a core of ripe plum and purple fruit plus a little leather, soy sauce and tilled soil. Pleasant. This wine has all the hallmarks of great Heathcote Shiraz with deep red and black fruits, firm tannins and beautiful acidity from one of the pioneers of organic farming and winemaking. The last few vintages of this have wavered in style quite a bit. The first thing you notice it the colour – really saturated purple red. Good, solid, real Barossa Shiraz here. Shiraz can be made in both dry and sweet styles, so it depends on the particular bottling. Easily enjoyable and distinctly regional. Score is a nod to the palate. Grows on you this does. At 18, I started working in a small suburban bottleshop, largely to buy cheap beer. Full-bodied red wines like Shiraz and Merlot can last 3 to 5 days after opening when stored in a cool dark place or refrigerator with their cork on. Until the mid 1900’s, Shiraz was grown purely for … However, many Australian Shiraz bottles taste a bit sweet due to the ripeness of the fruit and occasionally elevated alcohol content, not because of additional sugar in the wine itself. These are the best bottles of Australian Shiraz, picked by some of the country’s foremost sommeliers and wine connoisseurs. This wine is a truly harmonious blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Grenache. Fat, but medium bodied, with a load of silty tannin, round mid-palate, then a lick of soft acid and sweet fruited perfume to finish. Would I buy it? 14.5%, $42. Is. This new Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2018 is spice-driven, and firmly Hills-ian highlight too. $12.99. Heavy toast oak is the first flavour with this Coonawarra Shiraz, in the mode of an early noughties Wynns Michael (complete with telltale American oak Bounty flavours). It also won … Best drinking: now to twenty years. Shiraz/Syrah. Other Clyde Park wines are made by Ray Nadeson (Lethbridge), Matt Holmes (Bannockburn Vineyards) and Sam Vogel/Scott Ireland (Provenance Wines). Lightish. Underneath the wood lies a silken palate, with hints of mint and a real sense of mediumness before some late tart acidity. Long too, although just a smidgen warm to finish. Best drinking: now to twenty years. A blend of Hunter & Canberra Shiraz fruit. Easily the best balanced Gartelmann red I’ve had in ages. Best drinking: now to many years. Beyond that, you are paying for things like scarcity and marketing. Your email address will not be published. James’ two cents: Deep red-black hues invite you in, while the inky black colour hides its secrets. Greenock Creek Vineyards & Cellars Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia. I had this Yarra red warm and thought it looked a bit diffuse. When an extra $275 only buys you an extra 2 points on a 100 point scale I can see why. Feels substantial though. Pairing food with Shiraz Wine. Or at least that’s my take. Missed opportunity for sure. I dunno. Picked by: James Booth, writer and wine event ‘enthusiast’ at D’Marge. 17/20, 90/100. Best drinking: over the next fifteen years. Good, hearty Hunter Shiraz. With a cellaring potential of over 10 years, you can either savour this generous, supple and loose-knit wine now, or save it for later. Check it out if you like a “big” wine, full of complexity and freshness. Spot on for price and style. Best drinking: now to 15 years. Australia has the oldest Shiraz vines in the world (1832) and has more of that varietal planted than any other country. Difficult to see in the photo, but there is this subtle raised lettering on the front and back label that is clever (and probably expensive). Worth a bottle. Aldi’s One Road Shiraz has actually beaten expensive bottles that cost more than $150 in blind taste tests, taking out the gold award in the 2017 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. From Queensland’s Granite Belt to Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, no other country offers such a range of Shiraz from a variety of terroirs… How to store Shiraz after opening? Toasty milk chocolate/mocha oak plays a big part on the thick palate, oak tannins through the finish too. Fascinating to see how often I dislike the most expensive Shiraz from a winery. Definitely has power though – it’s a mouthful of a wine, and there is complexity aplenty here. 18.5/20, 94/100. Polished, sturdy and opulent, all at once. This is Barossa Valley Shiraz in a chunky, sweetly oaked and plush style, with chocolate plum and a little rum and raisin. Currently, I write features for a variety of publications including National Liquor News, Gourmet Traveller WINE and the RAS, plus I'm a former Lifestyle FOOD channel wine expert. Easy to like this. Mid weight, slightly warm, saturated with mulberry fruit. 14.5%, $70. Would I buy it? Plush and purple berried, itâs a cavalcade of ripe blackberry fruit, the palate soft and ripe but all mid-palate, as it gets a bit diffuse to finish. Has proper Hunter agelessness to the subtly tannic finish, albeit with just a little warmth. Shiraz was one of the first grape varieties brought to Australia by James Busby. Luc’s two cents: The Barossa Valley provides this wine’s dark berry fruits with opulent herb and spice characters. Would I buy it? Then over a decade. Shiraz arrived in Australia as part of the Busby collection in 1832. Worth a few glasses. More than meets the eye! 13.5%, $120. Full-bodied red wines like Shiraz and Merlot can last 3 to 5 days after opening when stored in a cool dark place or refrigerator with their cork on. It continues to dominate the Australian wine scene and is equally as popular abroad – featuring at the core of Australia’s tremendous export success. 17.5/20, 91/100. Drink it, yes, but not buy it. Unquestionably bold Shiraz, but also a bit mono-dimensional too. 17.7/20, 92/100. Picked by: Luc Wiesman, founder of D’Marge and avid wine drinker. Would I buy it? 4.0. 14%, $49. From the Lochleven Vineyard. Best drinking: now, but it may indeed be a better wine after another stint in the cellar. Would I buy it? 17.7/20, 92/100. Colour belies the moderate alcohol, the nose saturated with plump, strawberry and cream lollies, the silken palate has more push than expected. Maybe too polished though? Mid bodied, blackberry, cherry and spice, a wine … 4.0. A bit of a Bellarine Peninsula Super Group. Back in the fridge and after an hour the retry just confirmed that itâs a diffuse wine but an attractive one. If you like Vale Shiraz, you’re going to like this. Required fields are marked *. Polished. Rating. Oh yeah. Soft. Expect intense and earthy flavours with spice and dark fruits. 14.5%, $49.99. 14.3%, $35. 17.5/20, 91/100. Good now, good in many years, proper Hunter Valley style all the way. Chunky, fudgey rich McLaren Vale Shiraz in an unquestionably attractive style. 17.7/20, 92/100. Everything. Would I buy it? But what to pick? Delicious. Despite the alcohol, itâs a quite light Yarra red with jubey fruit, the palate fun and flirty if a little simple. Sean’s two cents: From Beechworth, Victoria this vintage was challenging and rewarding at the same time. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for big reds, just that they can be hard drinks on a warm night (and I’m likely drinking an ice cold can of IPA anyway). Aged release from Gundog, but you wouldnât know it as the packaging is unchanged. Flagships arenât my favourite ships…. All the recent vintages of this McLaren Vale Shiraz top dog have been so polished, but particularly so this vintage. This is the flagship Meerea Park red and every bit the reserve wine. Still quality. Best drinking: now to well over a decade. Inviting. Best drinking: now to ten years plus. 531 st. 95. 14.5%, $130. Still style and a sense of elegance. Dark berry fruit, squishy, polished boysenberry plum flavours, the palate silken but slightly tart, generous and polished and round but just a bit short. Itâs bold and powerful. 13.5%, $45. 18/20, 93/100. Stylistically, these wines are lush, fruit-forward … Due to its suitability to hot, dry climates, it thrived in many Australian regions, and consequently grew in popularity… It has its origins in France’s northern Rhône Valley, where it provides the backbone of the famous Hermitage, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie wines. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Best drinking: I’d wait a few years before diving in. Fun fact: Shiraz makes up over 25% of all winegrapes crushed in Australia, and South Australia has the largest vineyard area with 76,292ha (Wine Australia figures 19/20). The alcohol is a noticeable element through the finish, but such a generous and ultimately satisfying Barossa red. The French Paradox was a phenomenon that began in the late eighties that boasted of the health benefits of red wine. Red Wine. The most widely planted wine grape in the country, Shiraz … I’d share a bottle. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Red Wine. Although Shiraz is the fairly specific love-child of two obscure French grapes (Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche), it is now grown internationally, and Australia is one of the most prolific producers: so how do you decide which of its many quality vintages to lash out on? It was my first year of university, slogging through physics and chemistry, so a liquor shop seemed like fun. Shiraz is spicy, peppery and smokier, a lot more complex, with a savory and meaty notes. A half bottle care package of S & S releases turned up earlier in the year in a little box that I promptly forgot about. Would I buy it? McLaren Vale. Syrah is a quintessentially Mediterranean-climate variety, a big cropper resistant to pests and diseases, producing dark, inky, aromatic reds with black fruit flavours and peppery, spicy … 18.5/20, 94/100. Harkham Aziza’s Preservative Free Hunter Valley. Hmmm. Deep … Best drinking: now to eight years as a start. Very good drinking. I’m fascinated by how all of the Clyde Park wines go off to different winemakers – this Shiraz was made by Robin Brockett at Scotchmans Hill. A glass or two. Picked by: Sean McManus, Sommelier at French restaurant Hubert in Sydney’s CBD, and Italian restaurant Alberto, Surrey Hills. Chiara’s two cents: Blackberry and juicy blue fruit, earth, spice. Penfolds is one of the oldest wineries in Australia and is famed for its Grange label of red wine (predominantly Shiraz), which is easily Australia’s most famous wine. 17/20, 90/100. More. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The apostrophe in Hardy’s/Hardys feels forgotten. Picked by: Luc Wiesman, founder of D’Marge and avid wine drinker. Shiraz wines are known for their bold flavours and diversity of styles. $14.95. If so, there’s more where that came from. Fifteen plus. Nick’s two cents: Easily the most approachable Jasper Georgia’s I’ve seen on release. Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia. 14%, $110. I expected something a bit more ethereal. When it comes to Shiraz wine, Australia produces some of the best in the world. This red spends 18 months in new and one-year-old oak. This is the ‘standard’ estate wine in Seville Estate’s multi-tiered Yarra Shiraz lineup, and there’s real charisma here. 2017 Eperosa Stonegarden - Eden Valley $60 After decades of being overlooked in favour of shiraz, the grenache grape is finally enjoying a well-deserved renaissance in Australian wine … It’s hard to keep up with the different St Hallett labels now, but this is all Eden Valley stylinâ. Worth a few glasses. Only 1600 bottles produced, this wine shows great fruit intensity but retains an elegance that is the hallmark of great cool climate shiraz. Slightly surprised at the development here too – it’s already bricking at the edges, the fruit descending into plum coated in leaf litter, the palate faintly bitter, eucalypt and menthol-edged. I was genuinely surprised that these Paisley Wines releases were old-school oaky and ripe. In amongst an array of new Meerea Park releases, this is my pick. A few glasses. In the current era, "Shiraz" is an alternative name for … Shiraz go well with hearty red meats, steaks, barbeque and wild game like venison and kangaroo. Your email address will not be published. Australia- A fruit flavor of richness complimented by supple tannins with dark chocolate and cherry on the finish, dark cherries, blueberries and hints of violets and white pepper. And is it South Australian? 14.1%, $28. Luc’s two cents: The Boxer Shiraz epitomises the full-bodied Mollydooker style, so if you love succulent, soft and luscious wines, the Mollydooker Shiraz is worth a sip (or swig). Brutish for Hunter Shiraz but not hard going – it’s like a more approachable version of the Black Shiraz. Regardless, if I am in the mood for Shiraz, this assortment of the Top 20 best Shiraz of November 2020 is a great place to start…. Historically, the name refers to the wine produced around the city of Shiraz in Persia/Iran. It’s in the winery logo, yet nowhere else. Port Wine. This, in turn, is thicker than expected – youâd almost call it South Australian with its saturated plum nose, the palate follows with more plums, vanilla and just a cursory waft of mint. The most expensive wine from Shiraz. It also pairs well with grilled vegetable and thick stews. Picked by: Mark Willoughby, head honcho at Esoterica Wine & Food. From the packaging, I was expecting low intervention funk. Cabernet has a sweeter taste, fruity like blackberry with mint and cassis. So good to drink. Plump and forward, you can see both the purple Hunter fruit and that boysenberry almond ripple of Canberra. With this heightened interest came a global desire to try new wines. The red-with-red rule is in effect when it comes to Shiraz as wilting-lily, meaning delicate food tends to get trampled. A glass. Punctuation. Best drinking: now to ten plus years. 14.5%, $60. A glass. Which is sweeter, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon? Jacob's Creek Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz 2017. Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Mmmm spicy, sexy, sultry Shiraz, aka Syrah (its French name). Oak. Would I buy it? A glass or so with something meaty. $40. Best drinking: now to whenever. Best drinking: I’d wait a bit and then for 10 years. Pair this Shiraz with hard … Today, Shiraz has become the country's most planted variety, synonymous with the ultimate expression of Australian red wine … Just lacks some carry through the finish. With a Hunter Valley Shiraz… Shiraz is Australia’s stable red grape variety, makes the most popular red wine and is at the core of the country’s incredible export success. Iconic Australian Shiraz. At least 25 Australian wine regions produce excellent Shiraz. That’s rookie as I bloody love half bottles too. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. Would I buy it? Worth a few glasses with a steak at a gastropub. Shiraz wine refers separately to two different well-known wines. There also comes a time when you want something a little more hard hitting. Shiraz wine from the Barossa Valley, Australia. Two glasses easy. But what I want to know is, are you drinking much Shiraz? Shiraz Day Highlight: Yangarra Kings Wood Shiraz…, Part 2: 11-24 of the best Shiraz I've tasted this…. Shiraz has been in Australia longer than many other varieties and today it’s made in almost every wine region and loved around the world. power and chunkiness. Penfolds Penfolds Max's ... Find more great wines from Australia. Barossa Valley. Rosé Wine. A few glasses when it settles down. This is thick, drying and somewhat un-Hunter style aiming to win over non-Hunter drinkers. Juicy. Show wines… You either strike out on your own and end up with a fuzzy mouth and a hangover, or you read this list and end up with a waitlist for your next dinner party and an epiphany. There is some questionable value for money in this line-up. Even a sticker across the front label to say ‘aged release’. But not profundity? Uncork a juicy Australian gem in 2020 Aldridge Shiraz. Best drinking: I’d go sooner rather than later, and for up to ten years. $10. Has a distinctly Barossan Shiraz mode through the middle, even if itâs tarter and less silken to finish. 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