Shiraz, Barossa Valley

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.
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhône Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
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  1. Zilzie 'Barossa' Shiraz 2018
    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 2018
    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
  3. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2017 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  4. 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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  5. Mojo 'Full Colour' Shiraz 2019
    We couldn't believe it. We couldn't go past it. A second opportunity to make a killer shiraz from one of the oldest and yet still exciting regions in the country - the Barossa Valley. When it's gone, it's gone folks; ... Learn More
  6. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2020
    A blend of Shiraz from old vines across three key South Australian regions – the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Lower Murray. Vibrant deep purple in colour, with a lifted and aromatic nose, displaying an array of dark fruits, ripe plums and ... Learn More
  7. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2019
    Crack open of bottle of this magnificent Shiraz and enjoy the pleasant intermingling of red and purple fruit, milk chocolate, vanilla bean and spice, softened by ripe round tannins and well-integrated acidity. Named after the large hogshead barrels in which ... Learn More
  8. Blass Barossa Valley Shiraz 1998
    Wine maker Caroline Dunn, has produced an outstanding wine from 15-20 year old low cropped vines. Fermented in small 8 tonne, open fermenters and aged in French and American Barriques. The wine has been awarded 2 trophies, 6 Gold Medals and 4 Silver and 7 ... Learn More
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  9. Shanahans Old Dog Shiraz 2012
    Hand-crafted using small parcels of fruit from the western side of the Barossa Valley. The Old Dog Shiraz is an uncompromising marriage of both elegance and strength. The exceptional structure of the palate delivers rich plum, blackberry, chocolate and liquorice ... Learn More
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  10. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate ... Learn More
  11. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2017
    "This is splendidly fruited and inviting on the nose showing dark fruit richness together with seductive notes of anise, roasted hazelnut, cocoa and floral. ." - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family ... Learn More
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  12. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2018 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
  13. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2018 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  14. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the 2016 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. The palate ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Gary Walsh
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  15. Torzi Matthews 'Schist Rock' Shiraz 2020
    Dom Torzi calls this wine the 'Son of Frost Dodger' as it shares the same fruit as the Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz, and is matured in ex Frost Dodger barrels. The nose is all fruitcake, blackberry, cola and a ... Learn More
  16. Sons Of Eden 'Marschall' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    GOLD MEDAL WINNER. The 2018 Sons Of Eden Marschall is made as a modern interpretation of the classic Barossa style; opening with lovely lifted ripe blueberry and red licorice notes on the nose. The palate is vibrant, juicy and fresh, while ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  17. Laughing Jack 'Jacks' Shiraz 2017
    Fruit sourced from vineyards in Greenock (82%) and Moppa (18%). The nose shows lively Satsuma plums entice the nose with a mix of mulberry and blackberry. Florals of lavender and herbs are noted with the usual suspects of mixed spices, black pepper ... Learn More
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  18. St Hallets Blackwell Shiraz 2011
    Impressive inky black purple colour with deep dark purple black hue. The nose offers up scents of ripe blackberry and liquorice followed by some toasty vanillin oak and spice. Medium to full bodied with a supple mouthfeel the palate has ... Learn More
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  19. Allegiance 'The Artisan' Shiraz 2016
    No frills winemaking, 55% tank-matured, 45% in barrel, 8% of which was new 96 & Gold – Royal Melbourne 95 & Gold – National Wine Show Gold - CWSA - Best Value 93 & Gold – Gilbert & Gaillard 93 & Gold – Wine Showcase ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  20. The Wine Doctor Estate Grown Barossa Shiraz 2017
    Extra Reversatrol in this wine! Rich dark purple, the nose shows rich , succulent red and blue fruits, dark chocolate and mocha notes with hints of spice and cedary oak. This follows through to the palate featuring exceptional length and showcases ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Nick Butler
  21. Pirathon 'Silver' Barossa Shiraz 2017
    94 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz ... Learn More
  22. Head Wines Red Shiraz 2018
    Hand picked from sustainably farmed vineyards. Alex Head produces wines of class & elegance in his 5 red-star Halliday rated winery. Head Red is a barrel cull from up to 15 Barossa vineyards predominantly coming from the higher altitude/cooler sites of Eden ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  23. Spinifex Syrah 2020
    James Halliday, The Weekend Australian It seems like yesterday that I first tasted the Spinifex red wines. They were so different from the normal Barossa style, and I had no expectations when that tasting took place in 2006 – but the pieces ... Learn More
    Spinifex Syrah 2020
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  24. Woods Crampton 'Five Horses' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2020
    Produced exclusively for United Cellars by our friends at Woods Crampton, this is an absolute favourite of our customers & staff, this limited production sells out every year in record time. 95% Shiraz, 5% Mataro. A dark and brooding nose offering glimpses of ... Learn More
  25. Woods Crampton 'Five Horses' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
    Produced exclusively for United Cellars by our friends at Woods Crampton, this is an absolute favourite of our customers & staff, this limited production sells out every year in record time. 95% Shiraz, 5% Mataro. A dark and brooding nose offering glimpses of ... Learn More
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  26. Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2019
    2019 Moppa Shiraz is dark magenta-black in colour. There is an array of delectable aromatics exuding from the glass. It displays notes of potpourri, malt, plum cake, clove spice, ginger, anise and violet. The palate is full-bodied, rich and flavoursome with ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  27. Spinifex Syrah 2019
    James Halliday, The Weekend Australian It seems like yesterday that I first tasted the Spinifex red wines. They were so different from the normal Barossa style, and I had no expectations when that tasting took place in 2006 – but the pieces ... Learn More
    Spinifex Syrah 2019
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    James Halliday
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  28. Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2019
    Although this wine is constantly praised for its succulence and richness, there is also a complexity and texture which is rarely found at this price. A dense nose with, with heavy dark fruit and a hint of damp soil. Hints ... Learn More
  29. Whistler Thank God It’S Friday Shiraz 2019
    Vibrant purple colour. The wine has loads of blueberry and black pepper character on the nose. The whole bunch component gives a dried herb character to the wine, and adds freshness to the palate. 15% whole bunch, fermented using wild yeast ... Learn More
  30. Corryton Burge Barossa Shiraz 2018
    The Burge name is synonymous with the Barossa. The Burge family can trace their roots back 6 generations to some of the first settlers of the region, and today the Grant Burge winery is one of the most recognisable in the ... Learn More
  31. Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2019
    The 'Gnarly Dudes' referenced in the name of this wine are the gnarled old shiraz vines the grapes are sourced from. A lovely wine expressing pure regionality and varietal characters. Lifted notes of vibrant berries, dark chocolate, anise & hints of ... Learn More
  32. Greenock Creek 'Caseys Block' Shiraz 2018
    Patience is a virtue and you’d be well served to exercise it with this punchy number. The fruit was plucked from a block planted to select cuttings from four estate Shiraz parcels. There’s power behind its deep, dark, ... Learn More
  33. St Hallett Butcher'S Cart Shiraz 2018
    Vibrant and rich blueberry and dark cherry with a hint of mocha. A bold an opulent palate, filled with generous red berry fruits, dark plums and completed by supple supportive tannins. Each parcel of Shiraz is individually matched to one ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
  34. St Hallett Butcher'S Cart Shiraz 2017
    Vibrant and rich blueberry and dark cherry with a hint of mocha. A bold an opulent palate, filled with generous red berry fruits, dark plums and completed by supple supportive tannins. Each parcel of Shiraz is individually matched to one ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  35. Gibson 'The Dirtman' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    Deep purple red. On the nose lifted plum, vanilla and spice characters with underlying complex notes of boot leather and barrel. The palate has good body with rich black fruits, savoury herb, pepper and spicy oak notes. It is well ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Nick Butler
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  36. Powell And Son Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018
    An opulent, dense and powerful red - PERFECT Barossa Shiraz for the price! It presents complex, savoury notes of tapenade, black olive and smoky charcuterie. The nose follows to the palate with red fruit flavours and savoury notes. Seductive dark ... Learn More
  37. Powell And Son Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
    An opulent, dense and powerful red - PERFECT Barossa Shiraz for the price! It presents complex, savoury notes of tapenade, black olive and smoky charcuterie. The nose follows to the palate with red fruit flavours and savoury notes. Seductive dark ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  38. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Shiraz By Kaesler' 2017
    Made by Reid Bosward and the team at Kaesler, one of the Barossa's oldest and most revered wineries. 20% Barossa Valley fruit has been added in to lift the complex , blue-fruited style of the Clare. The nose is classic South Australian- ... Learn More
  39. Gibson 'The Dirtman' Barossa Shiraz 2019
    Deep purple red. On the nose lifted plum, vanilla and spice characters with underlying complex notes of boot leather and barrel. The palate has good body with rich black fruits, savoury herb, pepper and spicy oak notes. It is well ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Nick Butler
  40. Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2018
    The Barossa is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking dating back to the 1840s. At its heart is the Valley Floor, a highly-prized strip of prime viticultural land which is the very foundation and forms the essence of this ... Learn More
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