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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2021 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
  4. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2020
    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
  5. 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
  6. Seppelt Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Seppelt Great Western achieved much of its early fame from the variety known as Irvine's white (otherwise known as Ondenc) and small plantings still remain today. However the Great Western region has also forged a long and successful association with ... Learn More
  7. Pirathon 'Silver' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    A rich and inviting palate, upfront dark fruits in the blood plum and blackberry mould meld around assertive ripe tannins. With air, savoury characters come to the fore with black olive tapenade, nutmeg and cured Barossa meats. Oak maturation is ... Learn More
  8. Head Wines Red Shiraz 2020
    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
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2020
    Moppa is predominantly Shiraz with a trace of Petit Verdot (8%) and Viognier (3%) blended in for added complexity. Grapes are from ten different blocks on the Kalleske’s organic farm, with the oldest of these blocks planted in 1961. The vines are ... Learn More
  13. Spinifex Syrah 2021
    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 2021
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  14. Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2020
    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 2021
    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. 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
  17. Greenock Creek 'Caseys Block' Shiraz 2019
    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
  18. 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
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  19. Maverick Twins Barrel Select Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
    "This Shiraz comes from our very top Terroirs in our Twin Shiraz vineyards - at Ahrens' Creek in Vine Vale in the hot dry Barossa Valley and at Trial Hill in Pewsey Vale in the cool climate high altitude Eden ... Learn More
  20. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Shiraz By Kaesler' 2018
    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
  21. Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2019
    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
  22. Rock Bare Rb1 Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017
    Hailing from a single Marananga vineyard, concentrated grapes saw an extended maceration and a complex oak regime: all French, divvied across barrel formats of different sizes and ages. The result: full-bodied and plush, sure; but beautifully fresh and boasting a ... Learn More
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  23. Tim Smith Barossa Shiraz 2020
    One of Australia's most talented and awarded winemakers, Tim Smith is focused on making benchmark examples of the Barossa's time proven varietals; Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache. Anything up to 12 vineyards go into this wine: it’s typically a blend of ~50:50 ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  24. Head Wines Old Vine Shiraz 2019
    Sweet and perfumed and brooding. Very good. - Gary Walsh. Made from very small parcels of fruit from vineyards up to 100 years old. Showing all the richness of fruit you would expect from Barossan Shiraz at its best. A medium ... Learn More
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  25. Head Wines The Contrarian Shiraz 2020
    Black with purple hues. Aromas of blue and red fruits, black pepper, tea, sherbert, liquorice and anise. Liquid black cherries, black jelly beans, some tar and sweet, smoky tea leaf tannins. Great with duck or caramelised pork. ... Learn More
  26. Tomfoolery "Black & Blue" Shiraz 2020
    The Tomfoolery ‘Black & Blue’ Shiraz is sourced from a select premium vineyard in the northern sub-region of Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley. Grown by 5th generational grape grower Adrian Hoffmann this site offers soils that are commonly sandy loam over ... Learn More
  27. Corryton Burge Percival Norman Shiraz 2019
    Sourced from long term growers across the western, central and southern Barossa. Mutiple vineyards provide parcels of their most premium fruit, especially chosen to make the best representation of this variety for rich a bold Barossan Shiraz. Deep red with ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  28. Yalumba Paradox Shiraz 2017
    Big, dense and concentrated shiraz with blackberry jam, cassis, dark-fleshed plum, chocolate-mocha, liquorice and spicy oak flavours. A lovely wine, with a structure of ripe tannins that allows the wine to be enjoyed now but suggest it will age well. ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Sam Kim
  29. Glaetzer Barossa Shiraz 1996
    The palate is totally mouthfilling with an almost cool climate elegance, and demonstrates a rare degree of persistence. Flavours of liquorice allsorts, blue berries, spice and vanilla with an earthy truffle background. Exceptional length and aftertaste. Velvet smooth tannins, hints ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  30. Head Wines The Blonde 2018
    This single vineyard lies in the Stone Well parish at 280m altitude and has a myriad of soil types including sandy-loams, red clays and a limestone rock base. In some years a very small percentage of viognier skins are included ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  31. Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2008
    Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz is an iconic warm-climate South Australian Shiraz. It is always ripe, robust and generously flavoured bringing blackberry, dark plum, liquorice, vanilla and spice together with American oak and peppery tannins leading to a long, elegant finish. ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  32. Kaesler 'The Bogan' Shiraz 2020
    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
  33. Hentley farm "The Beauty" Shiraz 2019
    Hentley Farm is a single estate boutique winery nestled amongst rolling hills in the west of the Barossa Valley, producing exceptional wines. This wine 'The Beauty' is just one of their many stellar Shiraz. Grown on the coolest block on ... Learn More
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    Matt Dunne
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    Huon Hooke
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    Angus Hughson
  34. Head 'The Brunette' 2018
    When I came across this vineyard it was in really bad condition. I knew it had great potential because technically it had all the things I had been looking for. Even though; ravaged by kangaroos, rabbits and without any water, ... Learn More
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  35. Head Wines 'The Brunette' 2019
    When I came across this vineyard it was in really bad condition. I knew it had great potential because technically it had all the things I had been looking for. Even though; ravaged by kangaroos, rabbits and without any water, ... Learn More
  36. Turkey Flat Shiraz 1997
    The Turkey Flat Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Planted in 1847, these hard-working gnarled old vines are still producing fantastic fruit. They receive no irrigation with theirroots extending metres into the soil in search of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  37. Yalumba Steeple Shiraz 2016
    This exceptional single-site Shiraz is made from antique vines that were planted in 1919 on the world famous soils of the Barossa Valley floor. The Steeple captures this cooler Barossa vintage. This has a cool fruit spectrum of cedar and fresh ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  38. Torzi Matthews '1920 Single Vineyard' Shiraz 2019
    A dry 2019 produced a low crop. The cool clay loam gully showed good canopy to protect the small intense fruit making this 2019 release a delicious densely decadent fruited shiraz that graces the path of its heritage. A densely poised fruited ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Tyson Stelzer
  39. Kaesler 'Old Vine' Shiraz 2018
    "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
  40. Hentley farm "The Beast" Shiraz 2018
    Hentley Farm is a single estate boutique winery nestled amongst rolling hills in the west of the Barossa Valley, producing exceptional wines. This wine 'The Beauty' is just one of their many stellar Shiraz. Selected from a single block high ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Angus Hughson
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    James Suckling
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    James Halliday
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    Angus Hughson
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