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Syrah & Shiraz

So good they named it twice… Shiraz is mostly found in Australian wines, and Syrah, the name used in its homeland, France, the rest of Europe, California and so on.

SHIRAZ

Shiraz has become synonymous with the New World’s rise to fame as wine producers. The style in Oz is often full-bodied, with rich fruit chocolate and spice notes. The warm growing conditions lend an almost sweet feel to the wine while in France – particularly in the Rhône, Syrah’s first home – pepper is the unmistakeable hallmark of the grape.

SYRAH

Syrah’s most renowned use is in the Rhône – particularly Côte Rotie and Hermitage. Here bottles can demand a very high price, but look further south and you’ll find Syrah used very successfully in blends – often with Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault – and going for considerably less dosh. In France, Syrah’s hallmark aroma is black pepper often complemented by a very pleasing mouthful of blackberry, prune and figs.

Gabriel Meffre 'Hommage' Cotes du Rhone 750ml

$19.91

Gabriel Meffre has been a leading producer in the southern Rhone for over eighty years. Hommage pays tribute to the region with a wine that has aromas of ripe cherry and spice, and an expressive palate that is balanced and supple. Superb with roast...

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Pasico 2020 Monastrell Shiraz 750ml

$17.30

A stunning wine from the 'new wave' Jumilla region of southern Spain. It tips its hat to the classic regions of Spain but delivers a whole lot more. The blend of Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre) and Shiraz (aka Syrah) grapes make this a real blockbuster...

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Le Vieux Pin 2021 Petit Rouge 750ml

$29.47

This year’s blend consists mostly of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon thanks to a gorgeously classic summer growing season with a balanced crop.  Cabernet Sauvignon, albeit in a smaller percentage as part of the blend, still makes its...

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Johnny Q 2015 Shiraz 750ml

$19.04

It’s always fun to happen upon a wine that is such a terrific buy you want to pull an Oprah. You get a bottle, you get a bottle and so on and so on. Johnny Q has a richly deserved following because this is so much wine for such a good price. It...

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Rocca delle Macie 2019 Sasyr Toscana IGT 750ml

$23.39

Color: intense ruby red .  Bouquet :very intense and complex, with fruity  aromas of cherry, blackberry and raspberry.  Taste: smooth with a good structure, it has  a pleasant freshness and a long persistent  aromatic finish...

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Nichol 2020 Syrah "Old Vines" 750ml

$43.39

This is the oldest syrah in Canada, planted in 1990/91 on granite bedrock at the end of the Naramata Bench. It remains one of my favourite wines to taste and track, with every year a different record of season. Elegant and finessed as ever, with rivers...

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Alceno 2016 "Premium 50" Syrah 750ml

$22.52

Very intense colour, red almost purple. On the nose, vanilla, violets, red and roasted fruits stand out, in the mouth it is round with very good acidity and a long and intense aftertaste.

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D'Arenberg 2017 The Dead Arm Shiraz 750ml

$80.78

This iconic wine always displays the power and intensity of McLaren Vale Shiraz, yet has an elegance and refinement that few other wines from the region possess. It’s vibrant and lifted on the nose with bustling red fruits and savoury spice. The...

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Kingston Estate 2019 Shiraz 750ml

$21.65

Bouquet: Concentrated dark spicy fruits with hints of pepper and apparent toasty oak.  Palate: Ripe fleshy dark fruits are integrated with soft silky tannins to give a velvety textured finish.  Pair With: Slow cooked pork shoulder with fennel...

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Bouchard Aine & Fils 2020 Cotes du Rhone 750ml

$17.30

The complex aroma of the wine combines shades of blackberry, ripe black fruit and spices. The wine has a balanced, lively, fruity taste with a rich, supple tannins, hints of black pepper, vanilla and oak. The finish is long, pungent, sweetish nuances...

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Baglio Normanno 2018 Terre Siciliane Syrah 750ml

$22.52

[2016 vintage] Fresh, open, aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries and blueberries, with a resiny liquorice undercurrent. There is a sweet fruit character throughout before a chocolate, peppery, slightly bitter finish kicks in. There a rusticity...

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Victoria Park 2018 Shiraz 750ml

$20.78

This gem hails from the sunny vineyards of South Australia. Made from a blend of Shiraz and Viognier, this wine is bright crimson red in colour. The palate is true to the variet with a generous, ripe fruity core and flavours of dark plums and...

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Rolf Binder 2015 Hales Shiraz 750ml

$28.60

More concentrated and of a brooding, darker fruited personality than the straight Barossa Shiraz, this is all preening dark fruit flavours laced with anise, lifted with violet and driven along the palate by tightly meshed tannins and a bolt of old vine...

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