Shiraz, Cote Rotie

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 rhone appellation furthest north, the translation of cote rotie is "Roasted slope," named after the region's very steep, south-facing slopes that have ideal exposure to the sun. There are two main slopes, cote brunes & cote blondes. They are just as they sound, with the darker brunes soils consisting of rich clay and iron, producing firm and robust wine. The lighter soils of the blondes slope contain more slate and limestone, making elegant and soft wine. Wine can be from one designated slope, or a blend of both – the label will designate which it is.
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  1. Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Ampodium 2019
    Rene’s son Pierre took the helm since the 2015 vintage & is keeping to his father’s style, 90-100% whole bunch ferment and less than 15% new oak ageing, whilst adding additional precision and intensity to the wines. The Cuvée Ampodium ... Learn More
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  2. Domaine René Rostaing La Viallere 'Cuvee Reservee' Côte-Rôtie 2016
    Domaine Rostaing, often called René Rostaing after its founder, is a leading wine estate in the Côte-Rôtie region of the Northern Rhône, and particularly known for its Syrah-based wines. The first Rostaing wine was produced in 1971 when ... Learn More
  3. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie 'Neve' Rouge 2017
    This wine comes from a hillside with a lovely south-southeast exposure in a lieu-dit known as Neve in the commune of Ampuis. The soil here is composed of schist and mica-schist, with some seams of ground soil in the mid-section ... Learn More
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  4. Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie La Landonne 2016
    Legal academic, property dealer and vigneron, René Rostaing crafts some of the finest Côte Rôties on the market today. He has owned 2 hectares in the Côte Blonde and La Landone since the 1970s but fortune has blessed ... Learn More
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  5. Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 2016
    96 points Jeb Dunnuck Outer quote mark Lastly, the 2016 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is more seamless and elegant, with a more perfumed, pretty style in its red and black raspberry fruits, crushed flowers, game, violets, and crushed rocks. ... Learn More
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  6. Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie La Landonne 2019
    Rene’s son Pierre took the helm since the 2015 vintage and is keeping to his father’s style, 90-100% whole bunch ferment and less than 15% new oak ageing, whilst adding additional precision and intensity to the wines. The Cuvée ... Learn More
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  7. Guigal 'La Landonne' 2017
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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  8. Guigal 'La Mouline' 2017
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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  9. Guigal 'La Turque' 2017
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