Kalleske Pirathon Barossa Shiraz 2014 $39.99

Pirathon happens to be an ancient word used to describe a peak or pinnacle and that’s exactly what the team at Kalleske feel they have here. Shiraz is the Barossa’s best grape and Kalleske’s growers up in the Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer districts of the North West are the best there […]

Unison Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013 $55.00

Tucked away down a long, olive-lined shingle driveway in the middle of the Gimblett Gravels is a tiny winery where Unison’s owner Philip Horn and winemaker Jenny Dobson toil tirelessly to create some of Hawke’s Bay’s most sought after reds. This syrah hails from “the vintage of the century” according to the locals, and it’s […]

Three Dark Horses Single Vineyard Romano McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015 $25.00

This is exactly what gold medal shiraz should taste like! I love love love the florals and blackcurrant leaf aromatics, waves of vanilla and soft, juicy, succulent fruit wash across the palate in the 3DH (that’s what the cool kids call it). Lots of generous chocolate layers appear too. The mouthfeel is plush and plump, […]

De Morgenzon DMZ Western Cape Syrah 2013 $29.99

Intensely herbaceous, almost botanical elements on the nose combine with black olive, soy and smoky, savoury notes to create a bold, meaty mouthfeel. Add to that the big, chewy, furry tannins that buoy the dark fruits and cocoa layers, leaving a distinct leathery impression on the finish – and you’ve got a huge, take-no-prisoners syrah […]

Heartland Spice Trader Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet 2013 $21.99

Created by wine marketing guru Nicholas Crampton with the genius and grunt work being done by winemaker Cory Ryan, here’s a shiraz which errs on the side of elegant, earthy and lean (as opposed to the sweet, jammy styles that pervade the market). The tannins are furry and chewy and the finish is long, meaty […]

La Galine Minervois Syrah 2013 $21.99

La Galine is a tiny vineyard located in one of the most sought after patches of dirt in the heart of the Minervois (meen-er-verwah) appelation in the Languedoc. Syrah-dominant, with a splash of grenache, this vivid ruby/garnet wine shows violets, cranberry, raspberry and pepper, alongside a seriously earthy backbone. It’s a totally different take on […]

Hopes Grove Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $45

If you’re looking for a violet and bay leaf fest on the nose then you’ve come to the right place. Grown in the limestone-laden soils of Hawke’s Bay’s lesser-known sub-region of Paki Paki, this is a lighter-styled, peppery syrah showing hints of smoke, black tea, boysenberries and leather. It’s just a puppy right now, so […]

Maxim Wines Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $29.99

Organically grown syrah from the Gimblett Gravels was handpicked, destemmed into an open top fermenter, fermented with wild yeast then left on its skins for 20 days before being pressed straight into 33% new oak barrels where it slept like a baby for a year before bottling. But is it any good? Oh lordy yes. […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $36

There’s some serious floral intensity going on in this succulent syrah, it’s like florals pashing peppercorns boysenberries, cherries and liquorice. Philip Barber is the winemaking talent behind this inky-purple, Esk Valley-based brand and he’s a fan of elegance and soft, peppery persistence of flavour in his syrah – and so am I. Sip with: sizzling […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column Feb 24 2018

Never seen the word ‘pashing’ in a wine review? Oh it’ll happen. Sooner rather than later… Hopes Grove Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $45 If you’re looking for a violet and bay leaf fest on the nose then you’ve come to the right place. Grown in the limestone-laden soils of Hawke’s Bay’s lesser-known sub-region of […]

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