Shiraz, New South Wales

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.
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  1. CLONAKILLA HILLTOPS SHIRAZ 2017
    This Shiraz is made from grapes selected from five vineyards in the Hilltops District around Young on the South Western slopes of New South Wales. Aromas of red and black berries with hints of tobacco, anise and spice. Medium-full bodied ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Tyson Stelzer
  2. 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
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  3. 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
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    Gourmet Traveller Wine
  4. 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
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  5. 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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