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.

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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Yellow Tail 2016 Shiraz 750ml

$11.99

This [yellow tail] Shiraz is everything a great wine should be – vibrant, smooth, rich and easy to drink.Red berries, spice and liquorice. Enjoy with steak or in front of a roaring fire. --Winemaker  

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Penfolds 2014 RWT Shiraz Barossa 750ml

$182.52

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 RWT Shiraz from the Barossa Valley offers cedar and cassis notes over a core of blackberry preserves, mocha and spice cake. Big, full, opulent and with notable notes of toasty oak, it has a solid structure and very...

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Jim Barry 2013 McRae Wood Shiraz 750ml

$85.13

Score: 91 points Inky ruby. Ripe black and blue fruits on the nose, with suggestions of cocoa powder, woodsmoke and licorice adding complexity. Fleshy and smooth, offering sweet cassis and blackberry flavors that expand with air. In a plush, forward...

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