Shiraz, Coonawarra

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 some 380km south of Adelaide, Coonawarra in is in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia and is renowned for producing some of Australia's finest Cabernet Sauvignons on the famed 'Terra Rossa' soils. The region has a long history, with the first vines planted by John Riddoch back in 1890.

The Coonawarra subregion is a slim 2km by 5km strip along the coastline of South Australia, on a shallow limestone ridge over bright red 'terra rossa' soils. Located just 60km from the sea, the region is exposed to a moderate maritime climate, not unlike that of Bordeaux, so it's no surprise that Cabernet thrives.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of the region producing rich full-bodied wines packed full of blackcurrant and plummy fruit and the structure for long-term cellaring. Not to be forgotten, the region has the limestone soils suitable for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling also.
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  1. Wynns Black Label Shiraz 2012
    Despite being a relatively recent addition to the Wynns range of wines the Black Label Shiraz has a strong pedigree as Wynns is in the fortunate position of having holdings of some of Coonawarra's oldest Shiraz vines ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  2. Katnook Estate Coonawarra Shiraz 2007
    Katnook Estate cabernet is matured for 22 months in both French and American oak – but this 2008 version is far more fruit driven than many of its past releases. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  3. Zema Estate Shiraz 2001
    n excellent example of Coonawarra Shiraz which has been matured in French and American oak for 16 months. Opaque black crimson colour with mauve hue. The nose is delightful, with perfumed aroma of earth, plum, spice and vanilla. On the palate, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  4. Jack Estate Mythology Shiraz 2012
    Jack Estate are a relative newcomer to Coonawarra wine and own a relatively small vineyard planted 1962, though their first wines hit the scene in 2012. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  5. Majella Coonawarra Shiraz 2000
    Top Gold Medal: Limestone Coast Wine Show 2002 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  6. Brands Laira Stentiford Reserve Old Vine Shiraz 1998
    Major colour shift to red-purple; the clean, moderately intense bouquet has plenty of ripe cherry fruit, neatly balanced by French oak. The palate represents a seachange, having great fruit, structure and finesse, along with convincing depth. By far the best ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  7. Wynns 'Michael' Shiraz 1998
    The Michael is the reserve Shiraz produced by Wynns. 1998 is one of the great vintages of the modern era ... Learn More
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  8. Wynns Michael Reserve Shiraz 2012
    97pts James Halliday The Michael Shiraz is made in the best years and is the benchmark Shiraz made in the Coonawarra. Peak Drinking: Now - 2052+ ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Mike Bennie
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  9. Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 3 Bottle Vertical
    Terrific Opportunity to see 3 x great vintages of Bin 128 in the same box. 2001 is some label staining. 1 x 2001 1 x 2002 1 x 2003 ... Learn More
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