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Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. In 1999, Syrah was found to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Syrah should not be confused with Petite Sirah; a cross of Syrah with Peloursin dating from 1880.
The style and flavor profile of wines made from Shiraz/Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown with moderate climates (such as the northern Rhone Valley and parts of the Walla Walla AVA in Washington State). This tends to produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and notes of blackberry, mint and black pepper. In hot climates (such as Crete, and the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale regions of Australia), Shiraz/Syrah is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannins, jammier fruit and spice notes of licorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions the acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz/Syrah allow the wines produced to have favorable aging potential.
Shiraz/Syrah is used as a single varietal or as a blend. Following several years of strong planting, Shiraz/Syrah was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape at 142,600 hectares (352,000 acres). It can be found throughout the globe from France to New World wine regions such as: Chile, South Africa, the Hawke's Bay, Waiheke, New Zealand, California and Washington. It can also be found in several Australian wine regions such as: Barossa, Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, Margaret River and McLaren Vale.
The Guesser Red is a biodynamic organically grown blend of Shiraz, Grenache, & Cabernet Sauvignon that offers fantastic value drinking.
Bright red berry fruits aromas with a touch of spice, mocha and plum.
Soft and juicy, showing generous fruit with a luscious finish.
An easy drinking McLaren Vale red that is ideal for a range of occasions.
From the exceptional 2017 vintage, this rosé is a blend of Shiraz & Grenache that results in a very pretty salmon colour remineiscent of classic Provence rosés.
Showing an exceptionally delicate bouquet of rose petals, guava & Turkish delight with comlex bright fruit flavours, includiing Turkish Delight, strawberry daiquiri, watermelon, guava & grapefruit. An elegant finish, balanced with fruit sweetness & subtle minerality
This delicious McLaren Vale rosé is from one of Australia's most respected wine growers - David Paxton. An organic wine produced on Biodynamic principles without the use of synthetic fertilisers & pesticides with a focus on promoting healthy, living soils.
A classic Australian blend of Cabernet & Shiraz from the Macaw Creek Vineyard. Ripe cassis & mint from the Cabernet & blackberry/plum from the Shiraz fruit are evident in this wine with a hint of vanillin oak. A full bodied style with fine tannin & rich fruit weight.
A ripe Shiraz style with blackberry fruit characters & vanillin oak. Soft textured palate with fine tannin structure on the finish. Produced from Organic Shiraz (certified by NASAA) grown in the Mount Lofty Ranges region of the Clare Valley with the added bonus of no preservatives. Excellent option for those looking to avoid Sulphur.
A rich Shiraz with ripe blackberry & plum fruit characters with hints of vanillin oak. Medium bodied in style with fine tannin structure on the finish and round, soft mouth filling texture & flavour. Produced from Organic Shiraz (certified by NASAA) grown in the Clare Valley with the added bonus of no sulphur or other preservatives for those who are sensitive to sulphites.
88pts - The Wine Front
Certified Organic, the 2016 Puritan is bursting with life, as it should be, given it has barely time to turn around from being picked, fermented and then put immediately to bottle. There are soft plums on the nose & the palate is utterly delicious with black & red fruits, soft tannins & a wonderful finish; have with a juicy steak.
"Grown organically, no preservatives added, no oak, bottled young." - The Wine Front
89pts - James Halliday
"Light- to medium-bodied red, cherried and spicy with a dark, leathery edge. It has an easy appeal, nothing's been tricked or sweetened up, it just is what it is. All about the fruit." - James Halliday