Cognac, Syrah

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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  1. Place Of Changing Winds Heathcote Syrah No 2 2017
    All the fruit is hand harvested and the 2017 was blended from spontaneous 100% whole bunch ferments. This 2017 was raised by Luke Lambert, mostly large format, neutral oak (predominantly Stockinger) and no sulphur used through the ageing. As always, the winemaking is ... Learn More
  2. Helen's Hill Hill Top Syrah 2019
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. The 'Hilltop' Syrah is an exposé on the versatility of Shiraz as a variety. A wine that displays generous dark fruit up front ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  3. Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Syrah 2019
    "Our philosophy is to craft single vineyard wines of great purity and character, reflective of our site and the season in which it was grown. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing ... Learn More
  4. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Crozes Hermitage Fleur De Syrahne 2018
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  5. Place Of Changing Winds Heathcote Syrah 2019
    The wine speaks for itself--it's bright and juicy with good depth and excellent freshness. There's an amazing elegance to the palate, which is soft and smooth, without being jammy. It's a ripe, luxurious wine showing great promise, with a hint ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
  6. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Crozes Hermitage La Chasseliere 2017
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    Decanter
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Huon Hooke
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  7. Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Syrah 2019
    One of the finest Syrah's produced in Australia. The Isolation Ridge is a perfumed and pretty riot on the nose, all violets, damsons, roses, thyme, blackberries, vanilla, baked quince and pencil shavings. The palate is elegant and refined and from ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  8. Domaine Les Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage 2016
    The color is of an intense black. The nose shows a delicate but complex bouquet of aromas: pretty notes of black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberries), smoked and grilled notes and sweet spices. In the mouth, the attack is full of freshness, ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  9. Mayer Syrah 2016
    “Cactus juice, bring it on!”. An ear worm I gave Timo Mayer, I believe. Syrah off the higher part of the vineyard. Magic. Gamey, savoury wine here. Dark cherries, meat drippings, graphite, old spice cupboard and sage leaf notes. Has ... Learn More
    Mayer Syrah 2016
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    Mike Bennie
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  10. Domaine Les Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage 2017
    The color is of an intense black. The nose shows a delicate but complex bouquet of aromas: pretty notes of black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberries), smoked and grilled notes and sweet spices. In the mouth, the attack is full of freshness, ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  11. Jl Chave Crozes-Hermitage Rouge Silene 2018
    As Andrew Jefford writes in The New France, “The Chave line … could make a fair claim to be France’s winemaking royal family: in no other of France’s great terroirs is the largest individual landholder so deeply rooted in ... Learn More
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  12. Maison de Grand Esprit Chateauneuf du Pape Les Seize Galets 2008
    Aromas of cinnamon spice, plum, brown mushroom and flint. An impressive deep ruby red, clear colour. Medium to full bodied dry Rhone Blend, diameter of 14.5%. Complex wine with predominantly raspberry and cherry fruit and meaty gamey flavours. Also earthy soil, ... Learn More
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  13. Clarendon Hills Moritz Syrah 2012
    Incredibly deep, dark colour. Sweet licorice, prune, bitter chocolate and tar flavours flood the palate unhindered. A fruit bomb of the most intense kind. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  14. Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah 2012
    Creamy oak pours through blackberry and plum fruit flavour. Simple formula but power, depth and texture make for both impressive and attractive drinking. Healthy swagger of tannin leads to a slightly briney aftertaste. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  15. Domaine Les Alexandrins St Joseph 2017
    A beautiful red color with purple undertones, this wine develops aromas of black fruit, slightly roasted cocoa, pepper and sweet spices. The mouth is full of freshness, with fine tannins that give it volume and roundness. The finish is long ... Learn More
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    Vinous
  16. Domaine Les Alexandrins St Joseph 2016
    A beautiful red color with purple undertones, this wine develops aromas of black fruit, slightly roasted cocoa, pepper and sweet spices. The mouth is full of freshness, with fine tannins that give it volume and roundness. The finish is long ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    The Wine Advocate
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  17. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Crozes Hermitage Terres D'Arce 2016
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
  18. Maison de Grand Esprit Côte-Rôtie Les Seize Galets 2008
    The wine has aromas of raspberry, spices and vanilla. The palate is simply seductive. Filled with berries and a hint of spice. ... Learn More
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  19. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Cornas Terres D'Arce 2016
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  20. Isole E Olena Syrah Collezione Privata IGT 2016
    The 2016 Syrah is a fascinating contrast to the 2015. The cooler vintage (vis-à-vis) 2015 yielded a perfumed, silky wine that dazzled with finesse. Silky tannins wrap around a core of dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice. Vivid and ... Learn More
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  21. Maison de Grand Esprit Nuit St Georges 1er cru 2007
    Red fruited with some notes of mineral, cedar and iron. The bright cherry fruits are sweet in the mouth and the finish is chewy but quite precise and minerally. ... Learn More
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  22. Frankland Estate Smith Cullam Syrah 2019
    The wine is very intense, full-bodied but elegantly styled, with tremendous length and balance. - Huon Hooke Fruit for this wine was sourced from the original east west facing “Winery Block” planted on Isolation Ridge in 1988. A brooding complexity of ... Learn More
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  23. Maison de Grand Esprit Hermitage Les Seize Galets 2008
    Maison de Grand Esprit refers to a ‘Meeting of the Minds’ and epitomises a fusion of old world winemaking from France with new world techniques from Australia. ... Learn More
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  24. Dudognon Napolean - 15Years
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  25. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Hermitage Terres D'Arce 2015
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  26. Swinney Farvie Syrah 2019
    The rise of Australian Grenache continues across the country and Swinney have come out of nowhere to stake a claim for Western Australia and the Frankland River. Very deep, bright purple/red colour, with an alluring bouquet of smoked smallgoods, ... Learn More
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  27. Delas Frères Hermitage Rouge Domaine des Tourettes 2015
    Located in the northern part of the Rhône Valley, the DELAS family, a large wine trading house since 1835, operates 30 hectares of vines spread over the excellence of the northern Rhône appellations: Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Côte Rôtie ... Learn More
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  28. Tesseron Cognac Lot No. 90 Xo Ovation 'Selection'
    Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac –Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois – Lot n°90's unique character comes from long ageing in oak barrels, which adds richness and complexity. Aromas of very fresh pear & quince notes ... Learn More
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  29. Paul Giraud 'Vieille Reserve' Grande Champagne Cognac - 25 Years
    Soft, delicate, sweetish nose like stone fruit. Palate shows subtle, honeyed fruit, long length of plums & prunes, showing its twenty five year age. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ancestral know-how to best serve the expression of ... Learn More
  30. Online Tasting Pack - Rhone Tasting with an MW Thursday 20th May 6:30pm AEST

    It's that time of year, we have our anticipated Rhone arrivals coming in March so what better time to explore some of the regions best with our local Master of Wine; Andrea Pritzker.

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  31. Dudognon Reserve Des Ancetres  - 30 Years
    A full-throttle bouquet as well-defined notes of vanilla, paraffin, and ripe grapes fill the nasal cavity ... Learn More
  32. Tua Rita Per Sempre Syrah Toscana Igt 2015
    During pre-harvesting the first days of September created stability into the best grape clusters then harvested. 2015 was a perfect vintage, warm but not dry or wet, ideal weather conditions for a grape variety that in fact does not love too ... Learn More
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  33. Paul Giraud 'Tres Rare' Grande Champagne Cognac - 40 Years
    A true reflection of a forty years old Cognac. Old brandy that has remained for many years in oak barrels. Its characteristics are more assertive, with aromas of rancio, cigar box, leather and spicy fragrances. Very complex nose and palate, ... Learn More
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  34. Delas Freres Hermitage 'Les Bessards' 2015
    The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose ... Learn More
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  35. Paul Jaboulet Aine 'La Chapelle' Hermitage 2019
    A legendary cru... Over centuries, this mythical cru has built its reputation on a single hill, and an epic history. In the beginning, the hill was home to a hermitage founded by Henri Gaspard de Sterimberg in 1224. This knight, returning ... Learn More
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  36. Tesseron Cognac Lot 53 XO 'Perfection'
    This cognac borders on perfection - finesse and complexity. Aromatic and heady that only years of aging in oak casks could give it. It exudes woody notes, dried fruit and tobacco. Very rich and generous. An extremely attractive cognac, opulent, ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  37. Jl Chave Hermitage Rouge 2017
    As Andrew Jefford writes in The New France, “The Chave line … could make a fair claim to be France’s winemaking royal family: in no other of France’s great terroirs is the largest individual landholder so deeply rooted in ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  38. ONLINE TASTING PACK -TOUR DE RHONE THURSDAY 9TH JULY

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 6 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 9th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a ... Learn More

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  39. Paul Giraud 'Heritage' Grande Champagne Cognac  - 60 Years
    Very old eau-de-vie aged in Limousin oak barrels, with exacerbated aromas of rancio, oxidation, aging characteristics pushed to their peak. Very long on the palate, in the end sweet and tasty. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ... Learn More
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