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 winemakers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone 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 region's propensity to produce world-class wines.
Shiraz is not the only variety cultivated in Barossa Valley, other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon are also propagated here. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon and Chardonnay, which are generally oaked and undergo malolactic fermentation.

This style of big, full bodied Shiraz with rich, chocolate and spice notes became synonymous with not only the Barossa Valley but with Australian wine in general. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region".

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.
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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. ZILZIE 'BAROSSA' SHIRAZ 2016
    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
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. LAUGHING JACK 'JACKS' SHIRAZ 2016
    Fruit souced 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
  8. HEAD 'HEAD RED' SHIRAZ 2016
    Alex Head's wines are definitely worth following every year, and are on their way to becoming cult wines, showing unusual sophistication at this price point for a Barossa Shiraz. This is a barrel cull from Barossa vineyards including 'The Blonde', ... Learn More
  9. WOODS CRAMPTON 'OLD JOHN' SHIRAZ 2017
    A blend of 86% Shiraz and 14% Bonvedro. Fruit is sourced from a 60 year old vineyard in the Light Pass sub district of the Barossa Valley, a 55 year old Eden Valley vineyard and Bonvedro from the 75 year old John’s Vineyard. Bottled ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  10. WOODS CRAMPTON 'THE BIG SHOW' 2016
    75% Shiraz, 25% Mataro. A lifted and expressive nose full of boysenberry and blackcurrant fruit framed by floral notes, wild herbs and spice. The palate is opulent and mouth-filling with a core of supple blue fruits, blood plums and exotic undergrowth notes ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  11. KALLESKE 'JMK' SHIRAZ VP 2016 (HALF BOTTLE 375ML)
    Inviting aromatics leap from the glass including macerated blackberries, anise, kirsch, marzipan, cassis, chocolate, raisins, musk and floral perfume. The full-bodied palate is rich and generous showing complex dark fruits balanced with a gently warming brandy spirit and controlled natural ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  12. WOODS CRAMPTON 'LIGHT PASS' BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2018
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and this is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plums and exotic spice. The palate is supple and fruit driven ... Learn More
  13. WOODS CRAMPTON PRESERVATIVE FREE SHIRAZ 2018
    "At the top of preservative-free wines." - 93 points, James Halliday The nose is bright and delightfully wild with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. The palate is supple and fruit driven with a mouth-filling burst of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  14. TORBRECK 'WOODCUTTERS' SHIRAZ 2018
    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
  15. TWO HANDS GNARLY DUDES SHIRAZ 2018
    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
  16. KALLESKE MOPPA SHIRAZ 2018
    This is a pretty, expressive Shiraz that can be enjoyed now or will cellar well in the medium to long term. It is bright and fragrant. There are lifted aromatics of blueberry, musk, milk chocolate, cinnamon spice and potpourri. The ... Learn More
  17. KALLESKE MOPPA SHIRAZ 2017
    This is a pretty, expressive Shiraz that can be enjoyed now or will cellar well in the medium to long term. It is bright and fragrant. There are lifted aromatics of blueberry, musk, milk chocolate, cinnamon spice and potpourri. The ... Learn More
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  18. 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
  19. 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% Clare Valley fruit has been added in to lift the heavy, brooding Barossa style. The nose is classic Barossa - gutsy, brooding ... Learn More
  20. KALLESKE GREENOCK SHIRAZ 2017
    95 points - James Halliday Oozing classic ripe Barossa Shiraz there are aromas of blueberry, fruit cake, deep florals, cocoa, sweet tobacco, licorice and a hint of vanilla bean. The dense palate continues with these beautiful rich fruit flavours complexed by ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  21. LAUGHING JACK 'MOPPA HILL' SHIRAZ 2016
    95 points - James Halliday Perfumed fruits of mulberry and blackberry along with aromatic spice and dried lavender flowers. A touch of classic elderberry fruit and green peppercorn are present and accompanied with more than usual dark liquorice. Vibrant full bodied ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  22. ST HALLETT BLACKWELL SHIRAZ 2016
    Established in 1944 by the Linder Family, St Hallett represents the very spirit and soul of winemaking in the Barossa. Lively dark cherry aromas overlayed with oak nuances of mocha and vanilla bean. A slight ferrous note to the aroma provides ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  23. LAUGHING JACK 'GREENOCK' SHIRAZ 2016
    sourced from two vineyards grown on the Kalleske’s Greenock property, 52% from Home Block and 48% from the East Block. Only the finest fruit from the southern slope of the Home Block and hillside of the East block was selected for ... Learn More
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  24. KALLESKE GREENOCK SHIRAZ 2015
    Greenock is a complex Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future. It is aromatically very lifted and expressly attractive with ripe fruits, sweet & savoury spice, Christmas cake, blueberry, dark chocolate, rose perfume and a hint of toast. The dense ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  25. ELDERTON 'NEIL ASHMEAD GRAND TOURER' BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2016
    A blend of Nuriootpa and Greenock fruit went into the 2016 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz, which was aged in 50% to 60% new French oak. Fermented in Elderton's waxed open fermenters with heading boards and pressed early straight to new French oak ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    James Suckling
  26. KAESLER 'THE BOGAN' SHIRAZ 2017
    Aromas of blackberry and white pepper with hints of spice as you would expect from good use of oak. From the first mouthful it’s a flavour bomb in your mouth, with its sweet black fruit in the front though ... Learn More
  27. LAUGHING JACK 'MOPPA BLOCK' SHIRAZ 2014
    Moppa Block Shiraz is sourced from Block 4, a 4 acre single vineyard on the steep eastern slopes of Moppa Hill, located in the Barossa Valley. This vineyard has an altitude of almost 400m which makes it the highest vineyard on the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  28. KAESLER 'OLD VINE' SHIRAZ 2016
    "Stylish." - 94 points, Gary Walsh. The Old Vine Shiraz block at Nuriootpa, from which some of the fruit is sourced, was spawned from The Old Bastard vineyard (est 1893). Cherry, mixed dark fruits, spice and cedar notes. Full bodied mouth-filling tannins, ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  29. KAESLER 'OLD VINE' SHIRAZ 2013
    The Old Vine Shiraz block at Nuriootpa, from which some of the fruit is sourced, was spawned from The Old Bastard vineyard (est 1893). ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  30. TORBRECK 'THE FACTOR' SHIRAZ 2016
    In the words of Torbreck, The Factor is Torbreck's "homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year." The Factor is predominantly from the Gomersal and Marananga ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
  31. TORBRECK THE FACTOR SHIRAZ 2003
    100% Shiraz sourced from Barossa sub-regions of Marananga, Koonunga Hill, Moppa & Gomersal . Beautifully complex, with notes of blackberries, cherry and espresso balanced with perfectly developed secondary characters emerging. Excellent tannins and acid still fresh despite their age. This has developed into ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
  32. TWO HANDS 'YACCA BLOCK' BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2017
    Year after year Two Hands wins multiple awards for their gutsy, big Barossan style of wine. This is sourced from the cooler eastern section right near the Eden Valley, which brings more blue fruit aromas and thick, chocolatey tannins. ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  33. KAESLER 'ALTE REBEN' SHIRAZ 2016
    Intense wine - amazing concentration yet still fresh. Blackberries, loganberries, boysenberries, mulberries raspberries, it's pretty dark in there. It also hides some flecks of slate and iron stone. Profound depths of the blackberry, liqueur-soaked plum, licorice, bitter chocolate and spice ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  34. KAESLER 'ALTE REBEN' SHIRAZ 2013
    100% Shiraz sourced from Kaesler estate vines planted in 1899! Blackberries, loganberries, boysenberries, mulberries raspberries, it's pretty dark in there. It also hides some flecks of slate and iron stone. Profound depths of the blackberry, liqueur-soaked plum, licorice, bitter chocolate and spice ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Wine Spectator
  35. TORBRECK 'THE FACTOR SHIRAZ' 2006
    The 2006 Factor displays the concentration & fruit purity that only the most meticulous farming can achieve. Delicate scents of wild blackberries, pipe smoke and pepper are supported by a dark core of espresso roast, black currants and coal. The palate offers ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    The Wine Advocate
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  36. SOUL GROWERS 'HOFFMANN' 100 YEAR OLD SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ 2017
    Coming from 100 year old Shiraz vines, this slowly opens with a dark fruit driven bouquet with Asian spice accents. The palate is both intense and beautifully bright, showing Turkish coffee, dark currant liquor and sour dark cherry flavors. Rich and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    International Wine Review
  37. KAESLER 'OLD BASTARD' SHIRAZ 2013
    Fruit was hand picked and sourced from Shiraz planted in 1893. Silky, delicate and well balanced, the Old Bastard Shiraz ages beautifully, it has decades to give. Fresh and fruit driven with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. Some cherry notes on the ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Halliday
  38. KAESLER 'OLD BASTARD' SHIRAZ 2016
    Kaesler Old Bastard is one of Australia’s most highly regarded Shiraz wines, is consistently rated as one of the Barossa’s benchmark Shiraz wines and is highly sought after by wine collectors around the world. Fruit was hand picked ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  39. TORBRECK 'RUN RIG' SHIRAZ 2015
    The RunRig is truly an icon wine of the Barossa. The last 13 releases of this wine have averaged a Parker score of 98.5/100. Shiraz from old dry grown Barossa vineyards is blended with Viognier, complementing the strengths and complexities of these ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    The Wine Advocate
  40. ROCKFORD BASKET PRESS SHIRAZ 2013
    James Halliday says:The brown glass, high-shouldered proprietary bottle gives the right message: this is a classic, gently understated Barossa Shiraz that will sail on for decades if the dubiously short cork permits. Drinking it sooner would not be a ... Learn More
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