Syrah or Shiraz

Shiraz or syrah are two names for the same variety. Europe vintners only use the name syrah. Food pairings: meat (steak, beef, wild game, stews, etc.) Districts: syrah excels in California, in Australia, and in France’s Rhone Valley. Typical taste in varietal wine: aromas and flavors of wild black fruit (such as blackcurrant), with overtones of black pepper spice and roasting meat. The abundance of fruit sensations is often complemented by warm alcohol and gripping tannins. Toffee notes if present come not from the fruit but from the wine having rested in oak barrels. The shiraz variety gives hearty, spicy reds. While shiraz is used to produce many average wines it can produce some of the world’s finest, deepest, and darkest reds with intense flavors and excellent longevity. You’ll discover Syrahs of value and elegance by reading my reviews of French wines.

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  1. Lamargue Les Grandes Cabanes Syrah 2011

    Lamargue Les Grandes Cabanes Syrah 2011


    Size 750ML

    Bright ruby color. Intense and fruit-forward nose, with notes of licorice, red berries and black currant. Fresh, vibrant, and concentrated with soft tannins and a smooth, round finish. Learn More
  2. Paringa Shiraz

    Paringa Shiraz


    Size 750ML

    Victoria, Australia- Soft and appealing, this Shiraz offers lovely plum and cherry nuances with a spicy, smoky component adding complexity. This truly enjoyable Shiraz is a terrific value. Learn More
  3. Paringa Sparkling Shiraz

    Paringa Sparkling Shiraz


    Size 750ML

    Paringa Sparkling Shiraz has a saturated deep burgundy color with a crimson hue and an abundance of aromas that include fresh black current preserves, with dark strawberry and blackberry jam that are surrounded by underlying hints of butterscotch, menthol and spice. The palate is lively, refreshing and medium-bodied, comprising of sweet berry fruits, ripe plums and cassis, with hints of chocolate, molasses, caraway seed and fennel. The origin of the "fizz" has ensured that the grape’s fresh, fruity character has been retained through to the finished wine. There is a perlage of fine bubbles that lifts the fruit and spice characters, ending with an attractive, long finish. Learn More
  4. Alexakis Syrah/kotsifali

    Alexakis Syrah/kotsifali


    Size 750ML

    In the glass,its colour is purple-red.The complicated bouquet with ripe red fruit are beautifully surrounded by cinammon,vanilla and green pepper.Herbal tea allusions appear gradually while earthly aromas,mostly wet leaves add depth.As long as it breathes,its animal character unfolds in the form of smoked bacon.In the mouth,it has a sizable body with fine,of medium intensity tannins and hard acuity which adds interest.Light sweetness highlights forest fruit aromas while the long-lasting aftertaste leaves the sense of sweet spices and cumin in the mouth. Combine it with red meat in spicy bbq-sauce,grilled sausages,veal in tomato sauce,yellow mature cheese. Learn More
  5. Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013

    Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013


    Size 750ML

    Grand Barossa Shiraz epitomises the premium international reputation for Shiraz which has made the Barossa Valley famous. Lifted aromas of blackberry, plum and black pepper are accompanied by spicy, dark berry fruits on the palate. Learn More
  6. Layer Cake Shiraz

    Layer Cake Shiraz


    Size 750ML

    Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a melange of exotic spices. Learn More
  7. Greg Norman Shiraz Cabernet Limestone Coast 2014

    Greg Norman Shiraz Cabernet Limestone Coast 2014


    Size 750ML

    "With flavors of fresh red fruit, ripe cherry and pomegranate, the long lingering palate has finely balanced acidity, silky tannins and very good persistance of flavor." —winemaker Learn More
  8. Domaine De Corne-loupe Lirac Red 2014

    Domaine De Corne-loupe Lirac Red 2014


    Size 750ML

    Heavy,velvety wine with inviting scent. Syrah , together with grenache and slightly mourvèdre, produces a dark, concentrated wine with fruity scent of ripe raspberries. Malolactic fermentation and storage in small newer egg yolk. The wine impresses young, but stores excellent for a few years. Enjoy it cooled at 14-15 degrees to red meat in sauce, game and cheese. The estate of the Lafond family on the hill above Tavel is considered one of the best on the right bank of Rhône. From an old tower you watched for wolves and blew in the "horny loup". The family Lafond is perhaps the most famous wine family in Tavel-brother brother Jacques owner Corne-Loup, and little brother Roc-Epine and the sister Mordorée. Together, the three siblings bought a domain in neighbor Lirac, where they today make red wine . Lafond is one of Erik Sørensen Vins oldest suppliers. In the 1970s, a young Jacques started delivering his wine to us. After a break for some years, Géraldine's daughter is now back and the wines are better than ever. Learn More
  9. Yangarra Shiraz McLaren Vale 2012

    Yangarra Shiraz McLaren Vale 2012


    Size 750ML

    Yangarra's organically farmed estate is situated in a cool part of McLaren Vale and their winemaking style respects this more moderate climate. The wines, whilst still having plenty of power, also retain lovely restraint, freshness and minerality that extend beyond primary fruit driven flavors. The grapes are picked from 12 different block delineated by the complex soil composition of this fascinating property. The Shiraz is fermented whole berry, using only natural wild yeast, maceration is limited to only extract fine soft tannin and retain elegance. The finished wine is matured for 22 months in largely neutral French oak with about 20% seeing new oak. The wine receives no fining and only a light filtration. This is a real, authentic expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz. - Ryan Woodhouse K&L Australian Wine Buyer. Learn More
  10. Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2015

    Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2015


    Size 750ML

    The name Woodcutter’s stems from Torbreck founder David Powell’s several years spent working the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack in the Torbreck forest. This wine reflects the up & coming Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa, rather than the battle hardened old vines which make up the core of our other cuvee’s. Dense, rich and opulent, this wine combines great fruit purity with texture, complexity and finesse. It is elegant, structured and powerful and is a fantastic introduction to the Torbreck range. Whilst offering immense pleasure in its youth the 2012 Woodcutter’s Shiraz will no doubt develop into an impressive wine with a few years in the cellar. Learn More
  11. 2010 Chateau Maris Les Planels

    2010 Chateau Maris Les Planels


    Size 750ML

    92 POINTS The largest scaled in the lineup, and also the most modern, with noticeable sweet oak, the 2009 Château Maris Syrah Les Planels is 100% Syrah, from the estate’s top plots, that was aged for 12 months in oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Formerly known as their Old Vine Syrah, it exhibits terrific aromatics of crème de cassis, raspberry liqueur, smoked beef, spice-cabinet and hints of bacon fat that carry into a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned and balanced Syrah. This too needs an hour of air to shine, has fantastic richness, and a juicy, lively finish and overall feel that keeps you coming back for more. It will drink well for upwards of 5-8 years, possibly even longer. (92 pts) index.png Learn More
  12. Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-hermitage 2012

    Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-hermitage 2012


    Size 750ML

    This red offers a broad, fleshy feel, delivering flavors of dark plum, cherry and blackberry embedded with notes of fruitcake, black licorice and sweet spices. The toasty frame is well-integrated, and the sanguine-tinged finish offsets the fruit. Learn More
  13. Domaine Breyton Crozes-hermitage 2014

    Domaine Breyton Crozes-hermitage 2014


    Size 750ML

    Tasting Notes: This wine shows lots of savory notes of meat, wild garrigue herbs, olives, and stones. In the mouth it is surprisingly light and supple, while still maintaining great structure. Learn More
  14. Laurent Betton Saint Joseph 2014

    Laurent Betton Saint Joseph 2014


    Size 750ML

    100% Syrah, this is a smoky treat loaded with dark fruit and spice... Bring on the roasted meat, particularly beef or lamb. Learn More
  15. Coursodon Saint Joseph Silice 2014

    Coursodon Saint Joseph Silice 2014


    Size 750ML

    Inside the bottle: Elegance and richness are the hallmarks of this domaine. The aromas of fresh, but ripe red and black fruits initially gush out of the nose of this wine and evolve into a wine laced with wild berries, anise, raw and smoked meats, and herbs of provence, like thyme and lavender. It is the most charming and easy to drink of the lineup of reds. This is the first red in the lineup of Coursodon St. Josephs and is a blend of the younger vines (not so young at over 40 years of age!) from all four of the communes the family works with in the St. Joseph appellation. It is fully destemmed before the vinification period which takes place over two to three weeks with 2 or more expractions per day. The elevage takes place in a combination of old barriques, demi-muids and stainless steel over 14-16 months. The result is a very friendly and delicious St.Joseph. Terroir: The vineyards of Mauves, where this wine comes from are of the steepest vineyards one can find in St. Joseph. It is primarily grown on granite with a bit of loess and clay in the town of Mauves at the bottom of the hills. This areas has historically ripened better than in the north of the appellation which seems to be touched a lot more by wind coming through the river valley. Learn More
  16. Domaine Patrice Magni Chateauneuf Du Pape 2014

    Domaine Patrice Magni Chateauneuf Du Pape 2014


    Size 750ML

    The family estate was created in 1940. In 1993, Patrice Magni took over the work of his father and grand-father and started running the winery on his own. Today, the estate encompasses 11 ha of vines, with 7 ha in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 4 ha in Côtes du Rhône. Part of the vineyards are on the plateau north of Châteuneuf-du-Pape “Le Bousquet” while the rest are located in the east and south of the appellation close to La Nerthe. Here, the vineyard has a beautiful complexity of soils where red and yellow clays mix with chalk, fine loess and sand. The vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône are situated next to Château de Beaucastel, just after the limit of the appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Patrice began working early on with a minimal use of treatment products. The harvest is done manually with a drastic grape selection in the vineyards. The estate started its own bottling from the best lots in 1999 for the whites and 2003 for the reds. Learn More
  17. Penfold Kalimna Shiraz Bin 28 2014

    Penfold Kalimna Shiraz Bin 28 2014


    Size 750ML

    Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm-climate Australian Shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1959, Bin 28 is named after the famous Barossa Valley Kalimna Vineyard purchased by Penfolds in 1945 and from which the wine was originally sourced. Today, Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented. TASTING NOTES: Colour: Dark deep red. Nose: Exotic. A debut of camphor, lanolin, cold lamb, parsnip/vegetable stock. Courted by an ascent of vanilla sponge / teacake and rocky-road marshmallow. Followed by wafts of coffee ground spices and biscuity/wafery hazelnut. Palate: Vibrant, fresh and lively. Long, elongated tannins – sleek, slick and slender! Dark black-cherry fruit flavours, generous and more-ish! (And just why can’t we say Cherry Ripe!) Succulent; neither alcohol nor oak intrude. Unobtrusive acidity will ensure cellarability, should it (hopefully) be pursued. Learn More
  18. 2009 Regina di Renieri Toscana

    2009 Regina di Renieri Toscana


    Size 750ML

    Wine Spectator 94 points: A powerful, brooding red, with effusive blackberry, plum, leather, spice and saline flavors. A lush texture and ample fruit covers the structure, but there are abundant tannins lurking underneath. The finish picks up earth and mineral elements. Syrah. Best from 2015 through 2030. 1,000 cases made Learn More
  19. 2015 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz

    2015 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz


    Size 750ML

    Dark and rich, supple and silky, brimming with blackberry and black cherry flavors that show a hint of pomegranate as the finish wraps gently around the fruit. This has a wonderful open texture to let the flavors sing. Drink now through 2016. 6,350 cases made. – Learn More
  20. Spring Valley Syrah Nina Lee 2011

    Spring Valley Syrah Nina Lee 2011


    Size 750ML

    This 100% Estate-grown Syrah offers inviting aromas of violet and raspberry with a hint of pepper and orange zest. On the palate the wine is full and rich and loaded with concentrated blackberry and almond paste flavors that linger on a juicy finish. Enjoy this Nina Lee Syrah now or cellar for future enjoyment. Learn More
  21. Les Vins De Vienne Cote Rotie Les Essartailles 2011

    Les Vins De Vienne Cote Rotie Les Essartailles 2011


    Size 750ML

    he first writings praising the wines of Cote Rotie appear in the 6th century. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance the wine's reputation grew as it was served to most of Europe's royal families. The wines reached their apogee in 1890 but then the combination of phylloxera and WWI led to the complete disappearance of Cote Rotie vines. It wasn't until the 1960's that a few dynamic vignerons brought back this famous appelation. Today Cote Rotie counts 250 ha of vines planted on steep terraces on the right bank of the Rhone river. Learn More
  22. L'adventure Optimus 2015

    L'adventure Optimus 2015


    Size 750ML

    Optimus is a classically- styled wine that truly embodies oursaying: L’Aventure...where the Bordeaux meets the Rhône! 60% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot Learn More
  23. Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vielles Vignes 2011

    Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vielles Vignes 2011


    Size 750ML

    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "Slightly richer and more full-bodied, the 2011 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is certainly a standout in the vintage. Offering a sweet bouquet of black raspberry, cassis, forest floor, cracked pepper and assorted background meatiness, it flows onto the palate with awesome purity of fruit, vibrant acidity and ultra-fine tannin that gives plenty of cut and length on the finish. Spending 20 months in roughly 15% new French oak, this classic Cornas should be given a handful of years in the cellar and it will have two decades or more of ultimate longevity. Learn More
  24. 2005 Domaine Duclaux- Cote Rotie

    2005 Domaine Duclaux- Cote Rotie


    Wine Spector: 92 points

    A gutsy style, with lots of braised fig, black trumpet mushroom, roasted chestnut, briar, maduro tobacco and dark olive notes all weaving together on the grippy, slightly roasted finish. Best from 2011 through 2016. 1,500 cases made

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  25. 2012 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz

    2012 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz


    Size 750ML

    Dense, rich and distinctive, this is superplush and complex, yet also approachable, wrapping its black cherry, cassis, licorice and roasted meat flavors on a supple, velvety frame. Finishes long and creamy in texture. Drink now through 2020. 6,328 cases made Learn More
  26. M. Chapoutier Les Greffieux Ermitage 2010

    M. Chapoutier Les Greffieux Ermitage 2010


    Size 750ML

    Vivid purple. Mineral- and smoke-accented blackberry and blueberry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lush but energetic, with a peppery nuance adding bite and a sexy floral note building in the glass. Gains weight and structure with air and finishes with outstanding power and focus, on a lingering candied violet note. The most mineral-driven of this year's set of Ermitage bottlings from Chapoutier, and in need of patience. Learn More
  27. 2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz

    2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz


    Size 750ML

    Rich, supple, complex and expressive, this is dense with smoky blackberry, wild blueberry, tomato leaf and exotic spice complexity, finishing seamlessly with refined tannins and just enough acidity to keep it all together. Shows tremendous presence. Best from 2015 through 2025. 925 cases made. Learn More

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