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.

Chusclan 2015 Esprit du Rhone Red 750ml

$18.17

A deep garnet colour with a sturdy nose of red fruit. On the palate there's sweet, ripe red fruit, a little black cherry and redcurrant flavour, with light spiciness and a tight finish. An easy-drinking wine that will go well with food.

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Rockford 2009 Basket Press Shiraz 750ml

$99.91

The 2006 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz is a surprise packet of a wine that is usually considered a power house. Quite medium bodied and elegant it shows fascinating notes of licquorice and spice. The tannins are quite ripe and sweet and is overall and...

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Yalumba 2012 "The Guardian" Shiraz/Viognier 750ml

$30.34

This wine is a rare blend of Eden Valley Shiraz, typically a red wine grape, and Viognier, the white variety. Although the juices from Viognier grapes are generally clear or light in colour, this wine manages an incredible midnight plum - almost black...

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Heritage Road 2014 Shiraz 750ml

$15.56

This Aussie Shiraz leaps out of the glass, with aromas of blueberry, plum and black pepper. On the palate, there's mulberry and blackberry, vanilla oak, spicy pepper and ripe fruits. Medium bodied, with soft tannins and good length.

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Cuvee Jean Paul 2014 Vaucluse Rouge 750ml

$14.69

"So smooth, you don't need to think about it, but if you pause you will find it is surprisingly good!" A classic Rhone red; friendly and warming leafy, autumnal aromas and an ample, sweet dried currant palate. A delicious, uncomplicated medium-bodied,...

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Santa Ema 2012 Amplus One 750ml

$32.95

Critical Acclaim: Saturated ruby. Aromas of candied cherry and blackcurrant are complicated by pipe tobacco, sandalwood and floral oils. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering intense cherry-vanilla, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors that flesh...

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Victoria Park 2014 Shiraz 750ml

$19.91

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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Marietta Cellars NV Christo Lot 2 Blend 750ml

$39.04

A new offering from Jake and Scott Bilbros is the non-vintage Christo Lot #1, a Rhône Ranger blend of 69% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 18% Grenache and 1% Viognier. A killer wine, it offers peppery, cured meat, blackberry, black currant and...

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Yalumba Oxford Landing Shiraz 750ml

$14.69

Winemaker's Notes: A sublime Shiraz. Deep purple red in colour, it has lifted aromas of plums and black cherries with hints of violets and white pepper. The generous palate has flavours of blackberry and plum, complimented by soft, supple tannins with...

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Sine Qua Non 2012/2013 Grenache "Stein" 750ml

$543.39

"The 2012 Grenache Stein incorporates 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre. Aged 22 months in mostly used oak (various sizes), it offers awesome purity and freshness in its black raspberry, cassis, ground herbs, white pepper and licorice-driven bouquet. The palate...

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Leeuwin Estate 2014 Artist Series Shiraz 750ml

$67.74

"No question this is the best shiraz Leeuwin have released since beginning their rediscovery of this variety a few years ago. Soft and luxurious with supple fleshy fruit held with firmish tannin and quality fine grained oak. Shows the greatest density...

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Johnny Q Shiraz 750ml

$17.30

Winemaker's Notes:Bouquet: Intense youthful fresh ripe berry fruit flavours with some well integrated vanillian oak.Palate: Full bodied dense ripe berry fruit flavours balanced with vanillian oak but yet long and smooth.Serving Suggestion: Red wine...

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Tait 2013 Ball Buster 750ml

$39.04

2012 The BallBuster Produced from a blend of 78% Shiraz, 12% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon the wine displays a totally opaque black dark red colour with a very dark red black tinged hue. Lifted aromas of liquorice and ripe black plums bounce out...

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