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

$15.49

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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Hommage 2016 Cotes du Rhone 750ml

$19.91

This wine is an homage to one of the world's great wine regions and the founder of Maison Gabriel Meffre, originally of Gigondas. Meffre was one of the largest landowners in Southern Rhône and today the Maison still uses grapes from its...

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Chusclan 2018 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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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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Laroche 2016 Syrah Grenache 750ml

$17.30

At the edge of the southern French town of Beziers, on the banks of the Orb river not far north of where it empties into the Mediterranean, lies Mas the Chevaliere, where Michel Laroche built the ultra-modern winery where this blend of Syrah and Grenache...

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Kingston Estate 2016 Shiraz 750ml

$20.78

Elegant ripe plum fruits with spicy pepper and a hint of smoky oak. Layers of dark fruits and spice, balanced by soft tannins and a smooth finish. Pair with Barbequed foods, richly flavoured meats and game birds. --Winemaker

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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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Les Jamelles 2017 Syrah 750ml

$17.30

Les Jamelles makes tasty new-style French Syrah from the Pays d'Oc. Aromas of black fruit, spice, tobacco with floral hints. Flavours of wild berries, violets, and spices such as vanilla and cinnamon. Nice minty note at the end. Best served with...

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Beaucastel 2017 Coudoulet Rouge Cotes du Rhone 750ml

$35.99

Juicy and direct, with a core of blackberry and plum fruit, laced with a singed alder thread and backed by a dusting of garrigue on the finish, which reveals a nice tug of dark earth. Should open up with some cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2028. 5,000...

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Pour Le Vin 2017 A La Carte Syrah 750ml

$21.65

This energetic wine from France's Languedoc region is from 40 year old vines in the Aude region. Grapes are de-stemmed and macerated in tanks before bottling. On the nose, enticing aromas of juicy cherry, plum and blackberry. The palate is succulent and...

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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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