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.

Famille Perrin 2018 Ventoux Rouge 750ml

$14.69

From the makers of the iconic Château de Beaucastel, savvy sippers know Famille Perrin is a steal. The grapes from this mixture of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah were picked from the vineyards located on the slopes of Mont Ventoux...

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Cuvee Jean Paul 2016 Vaucluse Rouge 750ml

$15.95

"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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Pasico 2017 Monastrell Shiraz 750ml

$15.57

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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Johnny Q 2014 Shiraz 750ml

$17.95

This wine, made from grapes from Coonawarra and Padthaway, is opaque, dry, and rich. It's young and fresh, yet also has a surprising amount of licorice, spice, and a savoury character you wouldn't expect at this price. Ripe blackberry, smoky vanilla oak,...

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Chusclan 2015 Esprit du Rhone Red 750ml

$19.04

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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Vieux Telegraphe 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 750ml

$121.65

Undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there's more power and richness in...

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Yalumba 2016 The Triangle Block Shiraz/Viognier 750ml

$30.34

2016 Triangle Block Shiraz is a deep purple, red colour. It opens with the brooding exotic complexity of purple florals, anise, herbs, dark cherries and red pomegranate. This showcases the high tone florals and precision of Eden Valley Shiraz. The palate...

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Marietta Cellars NV Christo Lot 3 Red Blend 750ml

$34.69

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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Bodega Cristo de la Vega 2015 Camina Roble 750ml

$14.26

Camina is a blend of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Syrah from Spain's La Mancha region. Aromas and flavours of the Tempranillo include rich red berries which mingle with the spicy structure of the Syrah. Three months of ageing in oak barrels imparts a hint of...

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Remy Ferbras 2017 Costieres de Nimes 750ml

$16.43

This Southern Rhone value wine is composed of the usual Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre blend. Each varietal is vinified separately before blending, with the Syrah and Mourvedre spending time in barrels. In the glass, the wine is a deep purple colour. On...

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Domaine Raspail-Ay 2016 Gigondas 750ml

$52.08

Plummy and rich, the 2016 Gigondas is full-bodied and velvety, everything you might expect from this benchmark estate. Dense and powerful, my only reservation is its slightly chocolaty, fudge-like notes and elevated alcohol (15.5% alcohol). Like always,...

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Langmeil 2016 Orphan Bank Shiraz 750ml

$91.21

A nearly sure-fire crowd-pleaser, the 2016 Orphan Bank Shiraz marries taut, red-berried fruit with elegant overtones of cedar and mint. It's full-bodied but retains lovely tension and freshness while delivering concentrated red raspberries, currants,...

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Rosemount 2015 Shiraz Cabernet 750ml

$15.13

According to Rosemount Estate, weather conditions in 2015 produced a very strong vintage in Southern Australia. Comprised of 88% Shiraz and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, this smooth sipper can be enjoyed on its own or accompanying pasta, lamb, and duck...

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