Shiraz, Hunter 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.
Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Sémillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrrell's Wines) and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Sémillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Sémillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.
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  1. TYRRELL'S MOTHERS SHIRAZ 2017
    2017 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Adjacent to Chris and Tegan Tyrrell’s house, named Mother’s after Murray Tyrrell’s mother who lived there. Replanted in 2010 with cuttings from 4 Acres, Johnno’s and Old Patch. After stainless ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
  2. TYRRELL'S STEVENS SHIRAZ 2017
    2017 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from the Old Hillside vineyard’s mature 50 year old vines (previously owned by the Stevens family). Fermentation occurred in stainless steel open top vats before transfer to mostly newer French oak ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  3. SWEETWATER SHIRAZ 2005
    Sourced from a single vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern Belford end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Since 1844 the soils of Sweetwater Hermitage have been the foundation for some of the oldest known vineyards in the Hunter Valley. ... Learn More
  4. SWEETWATER SHIRAZ 2017
    2017 is being lauded as one of the best vintages in the history of the Hunter Valley. Sourced from a single vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern Belford end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Since 1844 the soils of Sweetwater ... Learn More
    SWEETWATER SHIRAZ 2017
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    Gourmet Traveller Wine
  5. SWEETWATER SHIRAZ 2004
    96 points in the 2019 James Halliday wine guide. Sourced from a single vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern Belford end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Since 1844 the soils of Sweetwater Hermitage have been the foundation for some of the ... Learn More
    SWEETWATER SHIRAZ 2004
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  6. TYRRELL'S 'VAT 9' SHIRAZ 2017
    One of the flagship wines from this esteemed Hunter Valley producer. Noticeable new oak influence on the bouquet, with an abundance of bright red fruit, spice and a touch of sage and mint. The palate shows leather and tannin, with ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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