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.

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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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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Fondreche 2017 Ventoux Rouge 750ml

$30.34

Tasted from tank, the 2017 Ventoux Rouge is a promising blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre, with the Mourvèdre the only component that aged in barrel. Mixed cherries, spice and peppery notes come together on the medium to...

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Kingston Family 2013 Syrah "Lucero" 750ml

$43.39

Bright violet. Fresh, mineral- and smoke-tinged dark berry and floral pastille scents show very good clarity and pick up a hint of cracked pepper with air. Juicy, appealingly sweet and lithe on the palate, offering sappy blackberry, cherry compote and...

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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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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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Ferrand 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape 750ml

$67.74

“While the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape isn’t in bottle yet, my money is on it being one of the finest wines Philippe Bravey has ever made. Based on 87% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, Bourboulenc, and Cinsault, brought up...

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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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Mitolo 2014 7th Son Grenache Shiraz 750ml

$43.39

Variety48% Grenache, 45% Shiraz, 7% Sagrantino RegionMcLaren Vale AppearanceIntense garnet red BouquetBramble herbs with hints of cracked black pepper underpinned with earthy, dark fruit characters of Satsuma plum, black cherry and liquorice...

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d'Arenberg 2017 Stump Jump Shiraz 750ml

$20.34

"Cherry-red in colour, this red boasts a intense nose exuding woody, empyreumatic, fruity and vegetal aromas. Discover this full-bodied wine expressing refreshing acidity and offering a broad texture and fleshy tannins. It also unveils a intense...

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Clonakilla 2015 Hilltops Shiraz 750ml

$50.34

Deep crimson-purple; unlike the colour, the moderate alcohol gives no clue about the wine, full to the brim with saturnine black fruits, the tannins part of the wine's DNA; says Tim Kirk on the back label 'Ten years in a cool cellar would do it...

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Montes 2016 Alpha Syrah 750ml

$30.34

Winemaker's Notes: "From our La Finca estate, in the Apalta Valley, the 1999 vintage was our first Syrah. This is the scarcest of our Alpha wines. Yields are very low at only 6 tonnes per hectare. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for one year and...

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