Shiraz, Clare 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.
Located 120km north of Adelaide, Clare Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. The region is set on softly undulating hills covering a length of some 35km and ranges from 5 to 10km in width. In fact, Clare Valley is also one of mainland Australia's coolest wine growing regions.

The five subregions of Clare Valley are - Sevenhill, Clare, Watervale, Polish Hill and Auburn, each influenced by the interweaving creeks and valleys and each with its unique soil types, climate and altitude. Throughout the region, the moderately continental climate, with its cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days are ideal for producing its most important white, Riesling.

Whilst Riesling is no doubt the king white grape for the region, very elegant Shiraz with soft palates and Cabernet Sauvignons are produced there too. Lesser amounts of Sémillon are grown, though Grenache and blends like Shiraz/Cabernet or Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec can also be deliciously smooth and textural.

Grosset produces arguably Australia's finest Rieslings from his Clare Valley Winery. Atlas and Leo Buring too create nice Rieslings.
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  1. Jim Barry 'Lodge Hill' Shiraz 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! A wonderful Shiraz made exclusively. Sourced from their home block of Shiraz, called the Lodge Hill, one of the centrepieces of the Clare Valley. Blueberry and pepper on the nose with ... Learn More
  2. United Cellars Selection Clare Valley Shiraz By Tom Barry 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! A wonderful Shiraz made exclusively for United Cellars by 3rd generation winemaker, Tom Barry. Sourced from their home block of Shiraz, called the Lodge Hill, one of the centrepieces of the ... Learn More
  3. Atlas Clare Valley '429' Shiraz 2016
    A rich, juicy Clare Valley Shiraz with amazing class. A powerful and intense wine with blackcurrants, liquorice, cinnamon, nutmeg and dusty oak on the nose. Elegant and rich, the palate is also textural and supple, with firm tannins and well-integrated ... Learn More
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  4. Atlas Clare Valley '429' Shiraz 2017
    A rich, juicy Clare Valley Shiraz with amazing class. A powerful and intense wine with blackcurrants, liquorice, cinnamon, nutmeg and dusty oak on the nose. Elegant and rich, the palate is also textural and supple, with firm tannins and well-integrated ... Learn More
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  5. Taylors / Wakefield St. Andrews Shiraz 2016
    5x Platinum 3x Grand Gold 9x Double Gold 21x Gold At release, the wine has a concentrated ruby red colour with a dark mahogany hue to the edge. On the nose, the wine is complex and enticing with red berry ... Learn More
  6. Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz 1995
    Dense red-purple; the bouquet is quite literally huge, with masses of fruit and masses of blockbuster charry oak; the palate provides the same in spades, simply monumental, with extraordinary amounts of extract and oak. ... Learn More
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  7. Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz 1997
    Medium to full red-purple; announces its presence from the first whiff which greets you as the wine is poured in the glass and before you have even begun to lift it, so powerful, rich and sweet is it. Undoubtedly in ... Learn More
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  8. Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz 1999
    Exceedingly long-lived style. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  9. Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz 1996
    Named Best Shiraz of Show at the 1999 UK International Wine Competition ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  10. Kilikanoon 'Covenant' Shiraz 2001
    The fruit for the 2001 Kilikanoon Convenant Shiraz was sourced from low yielding vines from selected premium vineyards in the Clare Valley ranging from 30-40 years old. The wine was matured for a period of 22 months in small Amercian and French ... Learn More
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  11. Taylor's St Andrews Shiraz 1999
    Winner of 5 Gold Medals, The St Andrews is a terrific example of Clare Valley Shiraz and the rightful flagship for Taylor's ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  12. Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz 1998
    Winner of the Stoddart Trophy 1999 ... Learn More
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  13. Annie's Lane Coppertrail Shiraz 1999
    Medium to full red-purple; a rich, concentrated, dense bouquet with dark berry fruit and spicy vanillin oak leads into a rich and complex palate with abundant blackberry, black cherry, mocha and chocolate, replete with ripe tannins. A multi gold medal ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  14. Annie's Lane Coppertrail Shiraz 1998
    The opaque purple-colored 1998 Shiraz Copper Trail exhibits a style similar to the 1999, with copious quantities of blackberry fruit intermixed with earth, leather, truffle, and licorice characteristics. It is full-bodied, spicy, rich, and deep, with current accessibility as well as the ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
  15. Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz 2002
    The Aberfeldy Vineyard was established in 1904 by the Birks family, of Wendouree fame, about five kilometres south-east of Clare township on a site nestled at the bottom of the easternmost hills of the Clare Valley.Many of the shiraz vines ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  16. Taylors Pioneer Exceptional Parcel Release Shiraz 2012
    Release price of $200 Produced from the best available grapes in the Clare Valley ... Learn More
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  17. Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz 2008 Magnums
    A classic example of the vintage displayed in the wine. The 2008 mirrors the very dry and warm ripening season, very firm and dry tannin well distributed through the palate, with concentrated small berry fruit. Some developed caramelised stone fruit characters ... Learn More
  18. Wendouree Shiraz 2004
    Tony and Lita Brady’s spectacularly individual Wendouree Shiraz has remained true to its origins since Alfred Percy Birks planted vines in 1893. It is considered by many as one of Australia’s greatest Shirazes. The vineyard is tiny, with low-yielding, ... Learn More
    Wendouree Shiraz 2004
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  19. Jim Barry 'the Armagh' Shiraz 2013
    The name of ‘Armagh’ was bestowed by the original Irish settlers who arrived in 1849, and named the lush rolling hills after their homeland. The Armagh is regarded as one of the finest shirazes in the country, an absolute collectors' item. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  20. Jim Barry 'The Armagh' Shiraz 2012
    The Armagh vineyard was planted in 1965, and is one of the best sites in the Clare Valley ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  21. Jim Barry 'The Armagh' Shiraz 1990
    The Armagh vineyard was planted in 1965, and is one of the best sites in the Clare Valley ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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