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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Vincent Paris 2015 Cornas 'La Geynale' 750ml

$111.22

Paris’ 2015 Cornas la Geynale comes from the south-facing parcel of the same name and from 100-year-old vines. It’s hugely concentrated and rich yet firm and austere, showing off its granite pedigree. Licorice, plum and crushed stone notes...

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Rene Rostaing 2012 Cote Rotie "Cote Blonde" 750ml

$321.65

I think the best wine here (at the moment anyways) is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually open up...

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Vincent Paris 2013 Cornas 'Granit 60' VV 750ml

$86.86

Vivid ruby. Mineral-tinged aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, candied flowers and olive, plus a hint of cola in the background. Sweet, tightly focused cassis and blueberry flavors have a refreshingly tangy edge and turn deeper and smokier with air...

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Rene Rostaing 2012 Cote Rotie "La Landonne" 750ml

$282.52

Getting a big "Wow" in the notes, the 2012 Cote Rotie la Landonne offers additional richness, concentration and depth, with notes of lots of floral and violet notes intermixed with cassis, cruhsed rock and pepper. Full-bodied, concentrated and with...

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