I Am George Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016 $22 (4 stars)

George Wyndham is considered the founding father of shiraz in Australia, planting the grape in 1830. Winemaker Steve Meyer wanted to create a wine that was accessible to anyone, but captured the spirit of George – and here it is. Bursting with blackcurrant, plum and all manner of sweet, red fruits, it’s a warming, cuddly […]

Thomas Goss McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016 $18.99

Boasting more bling on its grill than Lil Wayne or Lil Bow Wow, or in fact any of the “Lil’s”, this shiraz has clearly shown it’s at the top of its game as far as wine competitions are concerned.  Inky dark, glossy in the glass and bursting with boysenberry and blackcurrant characters on the nose […]

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013 $42

2013 had winemakers across Hawke’s Bay fizzing.  It was perfection, especially if you were making syrah.  Gus Lawson knew the fruit he’d harvested from his steep hillside site overlooking the Gimblett Gravels was gold and 4 years on, the proof is in the sipping.  Velvety smooth and layered with the lightest pepper, violet and cocoa […]

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 […]

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