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. MAISON DE PARNASSE SYRAH 2018
    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
  2. 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
  3. ZILZIE 'SELECTION 23' MERLOT 2018
    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
  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. NORFOLK RISE MERLOT 2017
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. ... Learn More
  6. NORFOLK RISE SHIRAZ 2018
    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
  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. NORFOLK RISE MERLOT 2016
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. Outstanding value! "This shows a lot of “ ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  10. BERTAINE ET FILS ROSE 2017
    Made solely from Syrah that is completely whole bunch fermented with a short maceration (a few hours) sufficient to impart colour and texture. ... Learn More
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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  14. ZILZIE 'BAROSSA' SHIRAZ 2017
    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
  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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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  22. 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
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  23. LONGHOP SHIRAZ 2018
    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 2018
    $18.99 Per item
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    Gary Walsh
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  24. 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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  25. TYRRELL'S 'RUFUS STONE' HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ 2018
    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
  26. WOODS CRAMPTON BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2018
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2018 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
  27. WOODS CRAMPTON BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ 2016
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the 2016 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. The palate ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Gary Walsh
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  28. WARRAMUNDA ESTATE 'LIV ZAK' SYRAH 2017
    From a premium site wedged between Yeringberg and Oakridge, this winery is the best-kept secret in the Yarra Valley! Vibrant aromas of summer berries and blackcurrant exude from the glass with hints of spice, lavender and fresh herbs. A dynamic ... Learn More
  29. SEPPELT 'ORIGINAL' SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    From Treasury Wine Estates regarding the wine now being a NV rather than a wine from a specific vintage: "We are making this change to deliver more complexity and consistency year on year. By combining vintages we are creating a ... Learn More
  30. WILD AND WILDER THE OPPORTUNIST SHIRAZ 2019
    An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits, cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper. Thick and smooth with good balanced fruit weight. As for all of our wines, the fruit for the ... Learn More
  31. SONS OF EDEN 'MARSCHALL' BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2018
    GOLD MEDAL WINNER. The 2018 Sons Of Eden Marschall is made as a modern interpretation of the classic Barossa style; opening with lovely lifted ripe blueberry and red licorice notes on the nose. The palate is vibrant, juicy and fresh, while ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  32. LAUGHING JACK 'JACKS' SHIRAZ 2017
    Fruit sourced from vineyards in Greenock (82%) and Moppa (18%). The nose shows lively Satsuma plums entice the nose with a mix of mulberry and blackberry. Florals of lavender and herbs are noted with the usual suspects of mixed spices, black pepper ... Learn More
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  33. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'SHIRAZ BY YANGARRA ESTATE' 2018
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by Yangarra Estate using barrel selected fruit. Aromas of dark fruit aromas, along with blueberries, dark chocolate and some floral notes. A medium-full bodied palate packed with juicy black fruit, hints of licorice and dark ... Learn More
  34. LAUGHING JACK 'JACKS' SHIRAZ 2016
    Fruit souced from vineyards in Greenock (82%) and Moppa (18%). The nose shows lively Satsuma plums entice the nose with a mix of mulberry and blackberry. Florals of lavender and herbs are noted with the usual suspects of mixed spices, black pepper ... Learn More
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  35. BLEASDALE SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    Premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz grapes were selected and blended to produce this richly flavoured Sparkling wine. It begins with fresh cherry and plum flavours before the older component of the blend adds complex spice and chocolate character. It has layers ... Learn More
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    James Halliday
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  36. PHILIP SHAW 'THE CONDUCTOR' MERLOT 2016
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity. The Conductor wears a medium colour with a bright red hue and smells of rich ... Learn More
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  37. HEAD 'HEAD RED' SHIRAZ 2016
    Alex Head's wines are definitely worth following every year, and are on their way to becoming cult wines, showing unusual sophistication at this price point for a Barossa Shiraz. This is a barrel cull from Barossa vineyards including 'The Blonde', ... Learn More
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  38. YANGARRA 'PF' SHIRAZ 2019
    "The PF Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It's intense, dark and perhaps ... Learn More
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  39. BANNOCKBURN 1314 A.D. SHIRAZ 2011
    The first ever 1314 a.d. Shiraz - .An attractive, lighter-bodied style of Bannockburn Shiraz. The nose has a smoky, paprika-spicy and redcurrant-ish fragrance. Followed by more of the same on the palate, alongside decayed floral, spice and pepper notes. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  40. HEAD WINES RED SHIRAZ 2018
    Hand picked from sustainably farmed vineyards. Alex Head produces wines of class & elegance in his 5 red-star Halliday rated winery. Head Red is a barrel cull from up to 15 Barossa vineyards predominantly coming from the higher altitude/cooler sites of Eden ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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