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Syrah (Shiraz)

Syrah, also known as Shiraz (mostly in Australia) is one of the most important red wine grapes all over the world. It’s ancestral home is in the Rhone Valley of France, where it has been grown since before the Romans invaded Gaul. It has now spread to almost every wine growing country.

Wherever it is grown, Syrah makes a dark colored wine characterized by dark fruit flavors and scented with black pepper. It will generally be fairly high in alcohol, even higher in warmer climates. Depending on the climate in which it is grown, the acidity level will vary dramatically. In addition, cooler climates will generally produce more complexity – a whole range of secondary flavors from earthy to smoky. Warmer climates will tend to produce wines with richer fruit flavors, and are less likely to have the bacon flavors associated with many wines from the Northern Rhone.

The great wines of the Northern Rhone include Hermitage, Cornas and Cote Rotie, with more reasonable priced wines coming from Crozes Hermitage and St. Joseph, with a few from the Cotes du Rhone. Australia produces an incredible variety of Shiraz, with the best coming from areas such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, and from cooler areas such as Margaret River. California produces some fine Syrah, particularly from the cooler areas of Santa Barbara County. There are good examples (such as Montes Alpha) coming from Chile, Argentina and South Africa as well.


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90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
88 Points Wine Spectator - An approachable, fruit-laden red boasting cherry, raspberry and floral aromas and flavors. Not complex, but tasty and moderately long. Sangiovese and Merlot. Drink now.The wine presents itself  more
Sku: 006153


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This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savory white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.2009: 90 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: "(Roughly half syrah and half  more
Sku: 006267


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Like comfort food you can pour in a glass. Dark, chewy, and fruit filled. Easy drinking and well balanced. A cozy pleasure!2010: 89 Points - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator: "Smooth and velvety, with a fresh, lively feel to the ... more
Sku: 006350


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The generous flavours and contemporary, easy-drinking style of Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz combines easily with food and most social occasions to deliver maximum enjoyment from the first glass to the last. Berry, liquorice and spice flavours Colour:  more
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Peter Lehmann’s Clancy’s is an easy-drinking and widely loved Australian red wine blend. Successive vintages of Clancy’s have earned acclaim in Australia, America and the United Kingdom for being splendid red wines at an incredibly competitive ... more
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The generous flavours and contemporary, easy-drinking style of Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz combines easily with food and most social occasions to deliver maximum enjoyment from the first glass to the last. Berry, liquorice and spice flavours Colour:  more
Sku: 024984


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No one admits to buying wine by the label, but now you can. Full-bodied and full-flavored, RED blends superior Sonoma fruit, high-quality winemaking and a palatable price in a sophisticated wine that's easy to like and easy to buy.... more
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Promis, from the Latin abbreviation, promissio, meaning promise truly lives up to its name. The grapes are grown in the terre brune (rich, dark soils) of the Ca'Marcanda vineyard. The soil consists primarily of loam and clay. The climate--hot summer  more
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Koonunga Hill is a multi-district shiraz cabernet, based largely on Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra fruit. It is a classic Penfolds maturation-style wine where fruit complexity and vivacity, rather than oak, are brought to the fore. The ... more
Sku: 005377


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I’m clearly developing a taste for “natural” wines. Formulaic wines all start tasting the same, and wines made from cultured yeasts taste like whatever the winemaker wants the wine to taste like, kind of like an artificially-flavored wine. Wines ... more
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Ripe and generous, the flavors of dark berry fruit on the attack are framed by lively acidity and ... more
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A compelling blend of California’s finest plantings of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, this wine surpasses all expectation for pure enjoyment and approachabilityRipe fruit, intense with flavors of boysenberries and ... more
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Cornas is the fabled 100-percent Syrah-based Rhône Valley wine with legions of fans—and stratospheric prices. This “baby” Cornas is a Côtes du Rhône made with 100 percent Syrah rather than the usual Côtes du Rhône blend and is made by a Cornas ... more
Sku: 041696


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2007: 91 Points - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator: "Dark and ripe, with mulled currant and fig fruit, but also a juicy, sanguine streak that helps to frame it, while alluring black tea and espresso notes fill in on the rich ... more
Sku: 024001


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Colour: Red purple with an intense violet rim. Aroma: Clean, fragrant, fruity, intense smells of red and black fruits, powerful and very enjoyable. Palate: Soft and warm, glyceric, nice tactile sensations, very fruity and well balanced acids. ... more
Sku: 030099


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