Shiraz, Burgundy, Victoria

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.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grape vines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for their outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia's most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
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  1. Tyrrell's 'Rufus Stone' Heathcote Shiraz 2019
    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
  2. Crittenden Geppetto Shiraz 2019
    The fruit for this wine was sourced from a cool climate vineyard (essentially the same climate as the Mornington Peninsula), allowing us to produce a wine of vibrant colour with lifted berry fruits and spice on the nose. On the ... Learn More
  3. Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2004
    The first vines were planted on the property in the late 1800s at the site which is now our ‘Contour Block’, but it’s when the Fratin family replanted in 1969 that Mount Langi Ghiran really came to be. ... Learn More
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  4. Chalkers Crossing Shiraz 2004
    A couple of awards have been won by this wine in competition: the Decanter World Wine Awards awarded the 2004 vintage Silver and the 2008 vintage Commended. ... Learn More
  5. Provenance Ironstone Shiraz 2018
    An attractive deep violet colour in the glass. Lifted fruit aromas of licorice, black olive and allspice speak of vineyard rather than the winemaker’s toolkit. When tasted, powerful fruit flavour matched to medium weight is cut with a fine ... Learn More
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  6. Onannon Mornington Peninsula Shiraz 2021
    From a single site on the Mornington Peninsula, this wine is made using 30% whole bunches. 20 days in total on skins and matured in a stainless steel egg we call the rocket. Winemakers note - Blue/black fruits, bunch spice and ... Learn More
  7. Punt Road Shiraz 2019
    The Punt Road Shiraz has become regarded as one of the dead-set bargain Shiraz' in the Yarra Valley over the last few years. This is pitch perfect Yarra Shiraz. Blackberry fruit interlaced with exotic spice, cocoa hints and soft herbal ... Learn More
  8. Bindi Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz 2019
    This wine balances fruit freshness, red and dark berries and plum, with earthiness and spice. There is brightness and vigour working in with silky texture and finesse. The Pyrette style is founded on seeking harmony and this is what sees ... Learn More
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  9. Tyrrell's 'Lunatiq' Heathcote Shiraz 2018
    Medium colour density with a bright purple hue. The nose shows rich dark fruits with the full array of pepper, charcuterie, and a subtle lift of French Oak. The palate has a richness and softness with dark fruit and chocolate ... Learn More
  10. Scorpo ‘Old Vines’ Shiraz 2019
    The fruit is grown on the Scorpo family vineyard. The Shiraz grapes were handpicked and 100% whole bunch-fermented with natural yeast in a two-tonne vessel. The wine was pressed out to mature in one 1-year-old barrel with the remainder 4 years and ... Learn More
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  11. Hanging Rock Winery Heathcote Shiraz  1997
    The Macedon area has proved marginal in spots and the Hanging Rock vineyards, with their lovely vista towards the rock, are no exception. John Ellis thus elected to source additional grapes from various parts of Victoria to produce an interesting ... Learn More
  12. Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2017
    Stelvin. Planted in 2007, this 0.8-hectare vineyard is littered with volcanic rocks (hence the name) and lies on the plateau above the De La Terre slope—essentially making it a westerly extension of the Serré vineyard. It was originally planted with ... Learn More
  13. Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2016
    Located in Moonambel in Victoria’s stunning Pyrenees region, Dalwhinnie is a world-renowned producer of some of Australia’s most coveted wines, including two Langton’s Classified shiraz. There is a wonderful lift to this wine; dark ripe rich and ... Learn More
  14. Yeringberg Shiraz 2018
    Shiraz 97%, Viognier 3%. The depth and character of the fruit that our Shiraz vineyard is now producing is a delight to see. Subtle, savoury and deep set, the 2018 Shiraz offers aromas of blueberry, black pepper and dark cherry, building weight and ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2018
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  15. Yeringberg Shiraz 2013
    5 Star Winery - Halliday Wine Companion Yeringberg releases radiate quality and history, still in production and family hands after a staggering 155 turns of the sun. Current custodian Sandra de Pury is a wine making legend, very humble considering her achievements. ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2013
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    Mike Bennie
  16. Yeringberg Shiraz 2017
    We suppose it’s just the way with old farms. On the face of it, a calm timelessness. Behind that, industriousness and constant renewal through breeding seasons and growth cycles. So it goes with Yeringberg. After more than 150 years, the ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2017
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    Nick Stock
  17. Yeringberg Shiraz 2019
    Shiraz 97%, Viognier 3%. The depth and character of the fruit that our Shiraz vineyard is now producing is a delight to see. Subtle, savoury and deep set, the 2018 Shiraz offers aromas of blueberry, black pepper and dark cherry, building weight and ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2019
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  18. Yarra Yering 'Underhill' Shiraz 2016
    100% Shiraz sourced exclusively from the unirrigated 1973 planted 8 acre block of Shiraz at the western extremity of Yarra Yering. Heady black plum fruits and pretty violet aromatics interlaced with liquorice spice and nettle undergrowth. The heavier clay based soils produces wine ... Learn More
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  19. Yarra Yering ‘Underhill’ Shiraz 2018
    Champion Wine Of Show. National Wine Show 2019 Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright boysenberry fruits bring energy to the palate and some black plums a more traditional fruit concentration. As always from ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  20. Yarra Yering ‘Underhill’ Shiraz 2017
    New world cool climate Shiraz starts here. Heady black plum fruits and pretty violet aromatics interlaced with liquorice spice and nettle undergrowth. The heavier clay based soil produces wine with dark fruits and spice and chewy tannins create the framework ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Huon Hooke
  21. Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2018
    A complex and layered wine; sweet and savoury all at once. The fragrance is melting pot of violets, plums, savoury spices and a whiff of bramble. Moderate in weight; the plum fruits come in all colours dialling up the flavour ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  22. Yarra Yering ‘Underhill’ Shiraz 2019
    Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright boysenberry fruits bring energy to the palate and some black plums a more traditional fruit concentration. As always from this block we see some cured meat ... Learn More
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    Jane Faulkner
  23. Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2000
    Well developed wine with fresh coffee, roasted nuts, red cherry, blackberry fruits and peppery nuances. Bright purple in colour to the rim, with its typical flavours of rich mixed spices and sweet, ripe red plummy fruits. Plush, chocolatey mocha characters ... Learn More
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  24. Yarra Yering 'Underhill' Shiraz 2014
    100% Shiraz sourced exclusively from the unirrigated 1973 planted 8 acre block of Shiraz at the western extremity of Yarra Yering. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  25. Dalwhinnie 'The Eagle' Shiraz 2015
    Dalwhinnie is located near the small village of Moonambel in the heart of the Pyrenees region of Western Victoria, Australia and is a super premium producer of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. This wine is typified by intense violet, musk, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  26. Yarra Yering Carrodus Shiraz 2015
    Hand harvested small section of the Shiraz vineyard for this wine, destemmed into a 600kg fermenter for fermentation, hand plunging and basket pressed to two new tight grained French oak barrels for 20 months maturation. Bottled via gravity without filtration. The ... Learn More
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