Shiraz, Yarra 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.
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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  1. Punt Road Shiraz 2019
    The Punt Road Shiraz has become regarded as one of the dead-set bargain Shiraz' in the Yarra Valley over the last few years. This is pitch perfect Yarra Shiraz. Blackberry fruit interlaced with exotic spice, cocoa hints and soft herbal ... Learn More
  2. Yeringberg Shiraz 2013
    5 Star Winery - Halliday Wine Companion Yeringberg releases radiate quality and history, still in production and family hands after a staggering 155 turns of the sun. Current custodian Sandra de Pury is a wine making legend, very humble considering her achievements. ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2013
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  3. Yeringberg Shiraz 2018
    Shiraz 97%, Viognier 3%. The depth and character of the fruit that our Shiraz vineyard is now producing is a delight to see. Subtle, savoury and deep set, the 2018 Shiraz offers aromas of blueberry, black pepper and dark cherry, building weight and ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2018
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  4. Yeringberg Shiraz 2017
    We suppose it’s just the way with old farms. On the face of it, a calm timelessness. Behind that, industriousness and constant renewal through breeding seasons and growth cycles. So it goes with Yeringberg. After more than 150 years, the ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2017
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    Nick Stock
  5. Yeringberg Shiraz 2019
    Shiraz 97%, Viognier 3%. The depth and character of the fruit that our Shiraz vineyard is now producing is a delight to see. Subtle, savoury and deep set, the 2018 Shiraz offers aromas of blueberry, black pepper and dark cherry, building weight and ... Learn More
    Yeringberg Shiraz 2019
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    Gary Walsh
  6. Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2018
    A complex and layered wine; sweet and savoury all at once. The fragrance is melting pot of violets, plums, savoury spices and a whiff of bramble. Moderate in weight; the plum fruits come in all colours dialling up the flavour ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Mike Bennie
  7. Yarra Yering ‘Underhill’ Shiraz 2018
    Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright boysenberry fruits bring energy to the palate and some black plums a more traditional fruit concentration. As always from this block we see some cured meat ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  8. Yarra Yering ‘Underhill’ Shiraz 2017
    New world cool climate Shiraz starts here. Heady black plum fruits and pretty violet aromatics interlaced with liquorice spice and nettle undergrowth. The heavier clay based soil produces wine with dark fruits and spice and chewy tannins create the framework ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Huon Hooke
  9. Yarra Yering ‘Underhill’ Shiraz 2019
    Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright boysenberry fruits bring energy to the palate and some black plums a more traditional fruit concentration. As always from this block we see some cured meat ... Learn More
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    Jane Faulkner
  10. Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2017
    A wine style that has always been blended for perfume, texture and spice. Fragrance enhanced by the Viognier balanced with a mixed berry fruit profile. Marsanne lends texture and volume to the palate, Mataro the floral notes and spice. Primary ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Huon Hooke
  11. Yarra Yering 'Underhill' Shiraz 2014
    100% Shiraz sourced exclusively from the unirrigated 1973 planted 8 acre block of Shiraz at the western extremity of Yarra Yering. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  12. Yarra Yering Carrodus Shiraz 2015
    Hand harvested small section of the Shiraz vineyard for this wine, destemmed into a 600kg fermenter for fermentation, hand plunging and basket pressed to two new tight grained French oak barrels for 20 months maturation. Bottled via gravity without filtration. The ... Learn More
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