Shiraz, Merlot

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.
Merlot in Australia is not a variety you will often see unblended, until recently. It is most often used to add suppleness and mid-palate to Cabernet’s stern, serious structure. In Australia, Merlot is now achieving considerable recognition as a varietal wine. Merlot blended wines are available from the warmer inland regions, such as Riverina, Riverland and Murray Darling. Single varietal Merlot from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produces a softer dry plummy wine. Whereas the cooler climates such as the Yarra Valley and Margaret River tends to take on more savoury characters with firmer tannins.

It is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux, France where planting has rapidly expanded throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils, is relatively simple to cultivate and is a naturally high yielding. In St Emilion and Pomerol, it withstands the moist clay-rich soils far better than Cabernet, producing opulently rich, plummy wines. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of some of the best (and most expensive) Merlot based wines.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in New Zealand, California, Chile and Northern Italy. New Zealand's Hawkes Bay is producing outstanding Merlot-based blends, especially from the Gimblett Gravels.
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  1. Plus & Minus Shiraz 2018 (Non Alc.)
    Plus & Minus is a contemporary range of wines developed to be richer in antioxidants, minus the alcohol. These 0% alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but do see the addition of grape seed extract (GSE) ... Learn More
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  2. Zilzie 'Selection 23' Merlot 2020
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
  3. Zilzie 'Selection 23' Merlot 2019
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
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  4. Maison De Parnasse Syrah 2017
    This Syrah is truly expressive of the South of France. Lightly perfumed with aromas of dark berries, plum, sweet spice and hints of forest bramble. The palate is rich and supple with a core of ripe and naturally sweet berried ... Learn More
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  5. Plus & Minus Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2021 (Non Alc.)
    Plus & Minus is a contemporary range of wines developed to be richer in antioxidants, minus the alcohol. These 0% alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but do see the addition of grape seed extract (GSE) ... Learn More
  6. D'Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz 2017
    The value this wine delivers for the money is incredible. The wine starts out with a deep ruby colour. On the nose, the wine is full of cherry and blackberry fruits, which continue on the palate. What sets this Shiraz ... Learn More
  7. Plus & Minus Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2020 (Non Alc.)
    Plus & Minus is a contemporary range of wines developed to be richer in antioxidants, minus the alcohol. These 0% alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but do see the addition of grape seed extract (GSE) ... Learn More
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  8. Family Wine Growers Shiraz 2019
    The perfect house red, such a good drink. 20% of the Shiraz in this wine comes from a 60 year old dry grown vineyard in the Barossa Valley - the remaining from family owned vineyards in northern Victoria. Wonderfully soft aromas of ... Learn More
  9. Norfolk Rise Shiraz 2017
    This wine has great complexity of flavours. A vibrant nose of pepper with florals, liquorice and spice. Red fruits with black pepper, vanilla and chocolaty almond husk. Soft tannins, dark fruit and chocolaty oak. The wine will cellar well for 10 ... Learn More
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  10. Mike Press 'Single Vineyard' Shiraz 2019
    The 2019 vintage in the Adelaide Hills really allowed this shiraz to live up to its reputation. This is a wine bursting with flavour, it is a light to medium bodied cool climate shiraz that has become a flagship within the ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  11. Zilzie 'Barossa' Shiraz 2019
    Fruit was selected from premium Barossa vineyards. A layered nose of dark fruit aromas, with plum, mulberry, cedar and spice. The palate is deep and luscious, with flavours of plum and dark cherries. There are some subtle spicy oak characters ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
  12. Funky Monkey Shiraz 2020 (Non Alc.)
    The nose displays varietal hits of Shiraz characterised by black fruits, hints of chocolate and vanilla with subtle oak hints. The palate delivers vibrant dark fruits, a touch of sweet fruit and a thin weave of tannins before ending with ... Learn More
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  13. Mike Press 'Single Vineyard' Shiraz 2018
    The 2018 vintage in the Adelaide Hills really allowed this shiraz to live up to its reputation. This is a wine bursting with flavour, it is a light to medium bodied cool climate shiraz that has become a flagship within the ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  14. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Merlot 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  15. Mike Press 'Single Vineyard' Shiraz 2017
    The 2017 vintage in the Adelaide Hills really allowed this shiraz to live up to its reputation. This is a wine bursting with flavour, it is a light to medium bodied cool climate shiraz that has become a flagship within the ... Learn More
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  16. Zilzie 'Barossa' Shiraz 2018
    Fruit was selected from premium Barossa vineyards. A layered nose of dark fruit aromas, with plum, mulberry, cedar and spice. The palate is deep and luscious, with flavours of plum and dark cherries. There are some subtle spicy oak characters ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
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  17. Giesen Merlot 2020
    A generous, smooth Merlot from the Hawke's Bay wine region, Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good ... Learn More
    Giesen Merlot 2020
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    Sam Kim
  18. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Shiraz 2018
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
  19. Giesen Merlot 2018
    Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through restrained use ... Learn More
    Giesen Merlot 2018
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  20. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2017 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  21. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Shiraz 2017
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
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  22. United Cellars Shiraz By Bruce Tyrrell 2020
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  23. Willow Bridge 'Dragonfly' Shiraz 2020
    A well balanced wine which has brought much joy over every vintage released. Aromas of sweet spices, with roasted meats and hints of pepper. Dark plum, dark chocolate and leather notes. Medium bodied palate with Dark plummy fruits and hints ... Learn More
  24. Bertaine Et Fils Rose 2019
    Made solely from Syrah that is completely whole bunch fermented with a short maceration (a few hours) sufficient to impart colour and texture. The nose is aromatic and sweetly perfumed with aromas of strawberries and rose petals. The palate is ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  25. United Cellars Shiraz By Bruce Tyrrell 2017
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  26. Bertaine Et Fils Rose 2018
    Made solely from Syrah that is completely whole bunch fermented with a short maceration (a few hours) sufficient to impart colour and texture. The nose is aromatic and sweetly perfumed with aromas of strawberries and rose petals. The palate is ... Learn More
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  27. Mojo 'Full Colour' Shiraz 2019
    We couldn't believe it. We couldn't go past it. A second opportunity to make a killer shiraz from one of the oldest and yet still exciting regions in the country - the Barossa Valley. When it's gone, it's gone folks; ... Learn More
  28. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2020
    A blend of Shiraz from old vines across three key South Australian regions – the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Lower Murray. Vibrant deep purple in colour, with a lifted and aromatic nose, displaying an array of dark fruits, ripe plums and ... Learn More
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  29. The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz Nv
    Fruit for the Sparkling Shiraz is sourced predominantly from premium grape growing regions in South Australia; namely McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. Aromas of sweet dark fruits, fruit spice and subtle savoury notes, with a fresh palate with lush and ... Learn More
  30. Longhop Shiraz 2020
    Matured for 18 months in seasoned french and American oak. The nose is rich and lifted with dense chocolate and refreshing lift. Dense and powerful with an alluring quality. On the palate, this is a rich, succulent wine with a lovely ... Learn More
    Longhop Shiraz 2020
    $18.99 Per item
  31. Longhop Shiraz 2019
    Matured for 18 months in seasoned french and American oak. The nose is rich and lifted with dense chocolate and refreshing lift. Dense and powerful with an alluring quality. On the palate, this is a rich, succulent wine with a lovely ... Learn More
    Longhop Shiraz 2019
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    Andrew Graham
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    Mike Bennie
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  32. Mike Press Shiraz 2016
    Mike Press has worked in the Australian wine industry for over 50 years. Whether at Penfolds, as Chief Winemaker of Mildara Blass or producing his own wines in the Adelaide Hills he has always been a highly regarded and awarded winemaker ... Learn More
    Mike Press Shiraz 2016
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  33. Longhop Shiraz 2017
    Matured for 18 months in seasoned french and American oak. The nose is rich and lifted with dense chocolate and refreshing lift. Dense and powerful with an alluring quality. On the palate, this is a rich, succulent wine with a lovely ... Learn More
    Longhop Shiraz 2017
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    Gary Walsh
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  34. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2021 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
  35. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2020
    The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate ... Learn More
  36. Frankland Estate 'Rocky Gully' Shiraz 2017
    One of the best shiraz in the country. What the Rocky Gully offers is the same commitment to quality in a fun and forward package. Sourced from estate and several other vineyards in Frankland river there is distinctive and delicious, ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  37. 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
  38. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2019
    Crack open of bottle of this magnificent Shiraz and enjoy the pleasant intermingling of red and purple fruit, milk chocolate, vanilla bean and spice, softened by ripe round tannins and well-integrated acidity. Named after the large hogshead barrels in which ... Learn More
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  39. Peter Howland 'Langley Vineyard' Shiraz 2002
    One of 3 terrific vineyards used to make Peter Howland's Single Vineyard Shiraz from the Donnybrook sub region of Geographe in Western Australia ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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