Collectible, ageworthy and luxurious – the following six sought-after styles come from some of the biggest names in Australian shiraz. If enjoying while the wine is still young, take care to decant before serving, or keep it in the cellar and allow further complexities to develop in bottle. Perfect for gifting, for a special occasion or for right now.
2018 Kellermeister Wild Witch Shiraz
A complex array of dark spice that reveals a core of intense red raspberry, blackberry, and dark plum fruit. Powerful and long with a mouth-watering structure – decant if enjoying young and pair with grilled meats cooked over an open flame.
RRP $85 | drink to 2050 | kellermeister.com.au
2018 Yarra Yering Underhill 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. Pair with slow roasted Persian lamb with pomegranate salad
RRP $120 | drink to 2028 | yarrayering.com
2018 Head Wines The Brunette Shiraz
Rich blackberries, cocoa powder, rust, dark chocolate, red and dark plum, with a supple, long tannin finish. Delicious with barbecued meats such as eye fillet or standing rib-eye roast.
RRP $65 | drink to 2040 | headwines.com.au
2017 John Duval Eligo Shiraz
Black fruit, earth and hints of anise and clove on the nose. A vibrant and layered palate with complex hints of spice and liquorice, finishing with integrated, fine tannins. Accompany with venison loin, braised lentils and beetroot glaze.
RRP $130 | drink to 2035 | johnduvalwines.com
2016 Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz
This iconic Barossa shiraz is a wine of purity and balance, with fine fruit flavours supported by judicious oak selection. Enjoy with beef fillet, roast beetroot and horseradish, or Korean fried cauliflower.
RRP $150 | drink to 2031+ | yalumba.com
2016 Brown Brother Patricia Shiraz
An intriguing deep inky colour. Aromatic blackberry with toasty oak and hints of cinnamon and white pepper characters. The palate is rich and powerful with dark berry fruit flavours balanced by fine tannins and cool climate spice.
RRP $62 | drink to 2030 | brownbrothers.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
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