Red Wine

Shiraz/Syrah

Shiraz A.K.A Syrah makes a vast array of styles and blends from vineyards in cool to very hot sites.

From super ripe jammy numbers to fresh vibrant supple wines of elegance, restraint and harmony no style including fortified is off limits! Typically in the new world if you see Syrah, the French name for Shiraz on the label it is an indication that the wine will be more elegant in style, often from a cooler climate. There are no hard at fast rules though!
Where is it grown?
Shiraz has its roots in the Northern Rhône Valley regions of Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, and is grown throughout the great Rhône. Outside France, Australia has been its home for over the last 150 years. James Busby bought it here in 1832! Australia has some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world in regions where phylloxera is absent.

The warmer regions of Australia, think the Barossa and McLaren Vale were some of the first to achieve global recognition for their Shiraz. Yet the Clare Valley, Wendouree, and Central Victoria, Thabilk and Bailey’s of Glenrowan, have made Shiraz for just as long. The size of Australia and dramatic differences in microclimate and geology of Australia allow us to celebrate Shiraz in so many different ways. The Hunter Valley and other cool climates around Australia including the Adelaide Hills, Canberra, the Yarra Valley, Mornington, the Grampians, and, Heathcote are known for their Shiraz.

An epic 395,000 tonnes of Shiraz grapes are grown in Australia accounting for nearly 25% of the annual crush, and, 50% of the red grape crush. It is almost double the amount of Cabernet and four times the amount of Pinot grown in Australia!
What does it taste like?
The diversity of styles is influenced heavily by the other grape varieties often blended with Shiraz.

In Côte Rôtie it’s blended with the white grape Viognier giving it a beautiful perfume, contributing a certain luscious element to the palate, and, surprisingly making the colour dark through the process of co-pigmentation. Heading to the Southern Rhône and areas like Chȃteauneuf du Pape, Grenache and Mouvèrdre A.K.A Mataro amongst many other varieties are blended with Shiraz. The Grenache adds flowers, perfume spice, a juby confectionary character, the Mouvèrdre structure, and, earthiness. Similar blends are found in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Each variety contributing different elements to the wine. Decades ago many of Burgundy’s Pinots were fortified with a splash of Syrah from the Rhône.

In Australia, there is a long history of blending Shiraz and Cabernet. It is virtually impossible to generically describe Australian Shiraz. We’ll have a stab at breaking it down to regions in general terms past and present.

Past

The wines of the Barossa and McLaren Vale have historically been very ripe, sometimes jammy and inky in nature. In the 1980’s and 1990’s it was common to see them loaded up with oak and added tannins. At the some time the Clare was producing equally dense wines with greater freshness and an edge more structure from grape tannin. The Hunter produced wines of much lower alcohol content, medium weight and an earthy less fruit forward nature. Central Victorian wines from the likes of Thabilk have vibrant dark fruit, with sometimes massive structure and tannins. Cooler climates in Victoria and South Australia offered juicy natural acid and red fruits with a more supple mouthfeel.

Present

In recent times experimentation with Shiraz, pushing the boundaries across all aspect of growing and making has seen a fascinating evolution in styles. Particularly in warmer regions, makers have been picking earlier and earlier, they have had to work hard in the vineyards to ensure they can achieve flavour and tannin ripeness at when doing so. Trials with carbonic maceration, whole bunches, stalk use, different fermentation vessels, long periods of skin contact, older oak, and, larger oak have been common.

Shiraz Viognier blends have been around since the 1970’s at Yarra Yering in the Yarra Valley, in the 1990’s these took off and we now see a plethora of wines made with this blend, the most notable being Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier from Canberra.

All of this experimentation has resulted in wines of greater restraint coming from the warmer climates and wines of incredible sophistication, texture and complexity from the cooler climates. Shiraz in Australia is the best it has ever been and only getting better!


It's a Hat Trick for Clape!


Auguste Clape Cornas 2017

It's a hat trick for Clape with 2015, 2016 and 2017 all stunning vintages!
$280
$270ea in any 3+
$260ea in any 6+

Auguste Clape Cornas ‘Renaissance’ 2016

Since 1998, a second Cornas has also been bottled: Renaissance. It’s made from 20 to 25-year-old vines on the Domaine’s best slopes as well as older vines from the lower slopes. An earlier maturing wine than the classique, it should develop for two decades.

Auguste Clape Cornas 2016

Clape’s masterpiece is, of course, the classic Cornas, precisely blended from five to six cuvées of the oldest vines in the best sites. The backbone comes from Reynard, La Côte and Sabarotte. The old vines here are la Petite Syrah—the old clone considered by many to be the true Syrah—which creates a stunningly deep and complex wine that will develop for decades. By all accounts 2016 is a superb follow up equalling the epic 2015 and will go down as one of Clape's great vintages.
$270
$260ea in any 3+
$250ea in any 6+

Auguste Clape Côtes du Rhône 2017

The Côtes du Rhône, is Clape's 3rd wine and includes fruit from 120-year-old vines near St. Peray and declassified Cornas.


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Wine Decoded Yarra Valley Shiraz 2016

The Wait is Over … Our 2nd Ever Wine Decoded Wine is Here!
$35
$32 for 3+
$29ea for 6+
Another delicious 2015

Proud Bovine Shiraz 2015

From the same vineyard the Wine Decoded Bathtub Shiraz comes from, this'll take you to a happy place!
$38.50
3 for $38.50ea
4-5 $37ea
6+ for $35ea
Min 3 — $115.50

Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac ‘La Dame Rousse’ 2017

Great refreshing red. Light on foot it packs plenty of flavour into a thirst-quenching drink.
$48
$46ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+

Wine Decoded Yarra Valley Shiraz 2017

Our 3rd and Best Release is Here!
$51
$48ea in any 3+
$45ea in any 6+
Seduction by Wine!

Yarra Yering Dry Red No.2 HALF 2019

The original Shiraz Viognier blend .. with a spalsh ofMataro!
$65
$62ea in any 3+
$59ea in any 6+

André Perret Saint-Joseph ‘Les Grisières’ Rouge HALF 2019

Poise and shape. Perret’s Saint-Joseph has a drinkability about it that is so often lacking in the new world. Florals, on red and blue fruits with a bit of spice sit delicately on framework of tannins with a nice bit of mid-palate grip. Weightless yet full of flavour. A graceful Syrah. It’s fun now, there is no doubt that time will be kind helping it relax and show more perceived generosity.
$67
$64ea in any 3+
$61ea in any 6+

Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac ‘La Reine des Bois’ 2017

F*@#ing excellent! Vibrant fresh, energetic, wonderful wine. Poised and balanced. There’s a seamless harmony about this wine that takes me to a happy place!
$72
$69ea in any 3+
$66ea in any 6+

Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Les Olivets’ 2016

“Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Olivets is a winner in this great vintage. Blackcurrants, black olives, licorice, and peppery notes all flow to a ripe, sexy, opulent Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has terrific purity, ripe tannin, and a great finish. It's a no-brainer purchase.” Jeb Dunnuck  
$82
$77ea in any 3+
$72ea in any 6+

Dhillon by Bindi Col Mountain Shiraz 2015

This wine, to state the obvious, has been quite a while coming! In 2014 we began making experimental ferments using four clones from this exciting vineyard and decided to mature the blended bottled wines until we felt they were settled and singing. The wine is based on the smooth and aromatic Shiraz clones PT23 and 1654 with a little of the robust and rich Yalumba and R6WV28. The Col Mountain wines are earthier and more structured than our traditional more northern source of Shiraz, Colbinabbin
$84
$80ea in any 3+
$76ea in any 6+

Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Les Olivets’ 2017

“A straight-up fruit bomb, it has full-bodied richness, beautiful purity, and tons of charm. I'm impressed – Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste any 2018s from this estate but, unquestionably, their 2017s are some of the wines of the vintage. Now - 2029” Jeb Dunnuck  
$87
$83ea in any 3+
$79ea in any 6+

Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2019

The Evolution of Graillot's Wine Continues to give us ever more entrancing vino to devour!
$89
$85ea in any 3+
$81ea in any 6+

Auguste Clape Côtes du Rhône 2017

The Côtes du Rhône, is Clape's 3rd wine and includes fruit from 120-year-old vines near St. Peray and declassified Cornas.

Auguste Clape “Le Vin des Amis” 2019

The least expensive, but still ageworthy, wine is the Le Vin des Amis, a blend of young-vine Cornas and Syrah grown just south of the village.
$90
$86ea in any 3+
$82ea in any 6+

Domaine René Rostaing Côte-Rôtie ‘Ampodium’ HALF 2019

"An opulent, rich vintage of this cuvée, the 2019 Cote Rotie Ampodium still offers up nicely detailed, intricate floral notes layered atop raspberries and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, it's velvety and lush, with plenty of length on the finish. It should drink well for more than a decade." Joe C, The Wine Advocate
$93
$89ea in any 3+
$85ea in any 6+

Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Réserve’ 2017

“The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Reserve is largely in the same ballpark [as the Prestige] and has terrific notes of blackberries, smoked earth, garrigue, and pepper. It’s based on 80% Grenache and 10% Syrah and Mourvèdre brought up in foudre and cuve tronconique tanks. More concentrated as well as focused, it's medium to full-bodied, has brilliant concentration, ripe, present tannins, and a great finish. It's another awesome wine from this estate.” Jeb Dunnuck  
$103
$98ea in any 3+
$93ea in any 6+

Yeringberg Shiraz 2019

Shiraz is the Yarra Valley's best kept secret - make sure to get in on it!
$108
$103 in any 3+
$98 in any 6+