Cognac, Shiraz, 3-5 Years

Cognac is named after the town of Cognac in France and is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name. Ugni Blanc, which is known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most commonly used grape to produce Cognac. The region is divided in to six zones, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bordeies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and lastly Bois Ordinaire, not to be confused with Champagne, the premier sparkling wine region in north east France.

Strict guidelines must be followed for a distilled brandy to be legally labelled as a Cognac by the Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Only specific grapes are allowed to be used, of which Ugni Blanc is the most common. The brandy must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels from Limousis or Tronçais.

Blending is very common in Cognacs, and the age is derived from the age of the youngest grapes used in the blend. Cognacs develop and age in a similar way to Scotch Whiskies, though most Cognacs can age much longer than the legal requirement due to the time spent in the French oak barrels.
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Shiraz is a red grape variety. It is the most widely planted variety in Australia and helped put it on the wine map. It is an adaptable grape that has distinctly regional characteristics from elegant, peppery cool climate styles to sweet and chocolatey (McLaren Vale), muscular, and ripe-fruited (Barossa), to savoury and rich (Hunter Valley). Shiraz was one of the first vine varieties to arrive in Australia in 1832 and is grown in most regions. However, its home is in the Barossa Valley where old vines date back to the 1860s.

The classic, truly Australian blend is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also blended with Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM) in warmer climates. In recent years it is increasingly being blended with Viognier to create the Shiraz/Viognier blend.

Shiraz's home is in the Northern Rhône's, Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, in France. It is now also grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others.
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  1. ZILZIE 'BAROSSA' SHIRAZ 2017
    Fruit was selected from premium Barossa vineyards. A layered nose of dark fruit aromas, with plum, mulberry, cedar and spice. The palate is deep and luscious, with flavours of plum and dark cherries. There are some subtle spicy oak characters ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
  2. THORN CLARKE 'SANDPIPER' SHIRAZ 2017
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
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  3. LONGHOP SHIRAZ 2018
    Matured for 18 months in seasoned french and American oak. The nose is rich and lifted with dense chocolate and refreshing lift. Dense and powerful with an alluring quality. On the palate, this is a rich, succulent wine with a lovely ... Learn More
    LONGHOP SHIRAZ 2018
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    Gary Walsh
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  4. LONGHOP SHIRAZ 2017
    Matured for 18 months in seasoned french and American oak. The nose is rich and lifted with dense chocolate and refreshing lift. Dense and powerful with an alluring quality. On the palate, this is a rich, succulent wine with a lovely ... Learn More
    LONGHOP SHIRAZ 2017
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    Gary Walsh
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  5. TYRRELL'S 'RUFUS STONE' HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ 2018
    The deep rich colour of this wine indicates its intensity. Classic Heathcote Shiraz, the nose is full of regional ripe plum, dark cherries with a pinch of white pepper and sweet vanilla. A rich full wine with a complex structure ... Learn More
  6. TYRRELL'S 'RUFUS STONE' HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ 2016
    The deep rich colour of this wine indicates its intensity. Classic Heathcote Shiraz, the nose is full of regional ripe plum, dark cherries with a pinch of white pepper and sweet vanilla. A rich full wine with a complex structure ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  7. SEPPELT 'ORIGINAL' SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    From Treasury Wine Estates regarding the wine now being a NV rather than a wine from a specific vintage: "We are making this change to deliver more complexity and consistency year on year. By combining vintages we are creating a ... Learn More
  8. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'SHIRAZ BY YANGARRA ESTATE' 2018
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by Yangarra Estate using barrel selected fruit. Aromas of dark fruit aromas, along with blueberries, dark chocolate and some floral notes. A medium-full bodied palate packed with juicy black fruit, hints of licorice and dark ... Learn More
  9. BLEASDALE SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    Premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz grapes were selected and blended to produce this richly flavoured Sparkling wine. It begins with fresh cherry and plum flavours before the older component of the blend adds complex spice and chocolate character. It has layers ... Learn More
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    James Halliday
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  10. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' SYRAH 2018
    Exclusive to United Cellars - our most popular Syrah! A sumptuous and youthful Syrah from sun-drenched vineyards in the south of France. Aromatic nose with aromas of small mashed red fruits mixed with spicy and smokey hints. Rich and silky ... Learn More
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  11. WEST CAPE HOWE 'TWO STEPS' SHIRAZ 2015
    Sourced from our most mature vineyards in Mount Barker, only the very best parcels of the fruit are selected for ‘Two Steps’. This is a gorgeous aromatic Shiraz with the savory and spicy fruit characters typical of the region. This ... Learn More
  12. FIGHTING GULLY ROAD SHIRAZ 2016
    "This is a damn fine wine." - 96 points, Campbell Mattinson. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Smiths vineyard, Beechworth. A Classic cool climate Shiraz, showing spice, white pepper and red berry fruits. A full, yet medium bodied ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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