From big and bold, to restrained Old World examples, shiraz remains at the forefront Australia's wine offering. Compare peppery, cool-climate styles alongside rich and fruit-forward ones with these six exceptional wines.
2018 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz
Vivid, plum-red with aromas of red and blue fruits, aniseed and mixed spice. Black cherry, blackberry and hints of raspberry on the palate with fine, savoury tannins and a long, balanced finish. Pair with slow cooked lamb shanks with red wine jus and garlic roasted potatoes.
RRP $35 | Drink to 2030 | langi.com.au
2018 Oliver’s Taranga Shiraz
Bright mulberry and blackberry, dark chocolate and mocha on the nose. Lifted cherry berry, mulberry freshness, liquorice, and plenty of spice on the palate, with mouth-watering tannins and sweet fruit and dark chocolate to finish. Delicious paired with Mum's home-cooked roast.
RRP $30 | Drink to 2030 | oliverstaranga.com
2018 Pepper Tree Coquun Platinum Hunter Valley Shiraz
Unashamedly medium-bodied, this Hunter Valley shiraz offers vibrancy of fruit with complex spice, balanced by fine tannins and subtle oak handling. A wine of great length and longevity that is matched perfectly to a BBQ scotch fillet.
RRP $90 | Drink to 2035 | peppertreewines.com.au
2018 Purple Hands Wines Barossa Valley Shiraz
Purple-red colour leads to an enticing nose of cherry, plum and dried herbs with French oak adding a vanilla caramel note. Long, fine tannin on the palate with excellent fruit concentration delivering Barossa shiraz fruit sweetness. Accompany with rich, meat-based pasta on a wintery evening.
RRP $30 | Drink to 2030 | purplehandswines.com.au
2018 Sidewood Shiraz
Displaying aromas of plum, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and an elegant spiciness which leads to a palate with generous flavours of white pepper, leather and forest berries. Rich and silky tannins linger on the finish with seamless persistence. Perfect with decadent truffle and porcini pasta.
RRP $26 | Drink to 2035 | sidewood.com.au
2018 Yering Station Shiraz Viognier
Rich black fruits meld beautifully with peppercorn, anise spice and subtle toasted notes. Balanced and complex, the mid-palate seamlessly extends to a long and graceful finish. Velvet-like tannins support the fruit and provide enhanced opulence – pair with a delicious chargrilled steak.
RRP $40 | Drink to 2028 | yering.com
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
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