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Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2018 750ml

Rated 91 - Lively black fruit and violet nose with a suggestion of pepper. The palate is textural and exciting with blackberry notes and a...
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Elderton Shiraz 2016 750ml

Rated 91 - The Ashmead family farms three shiraz parcels in Barossa, including their home vineyard in Nuriootpa, most of the vines dating to the...
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Layer Cake Shiraz 750ml

The aromas of cocoa, warm spice and dark fruit are very powerful from the first whiff. In the mouth, the wine is layered with rich blackberry, dark...
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Peter Lehmann Shiraz The Barossan 2015 750ml

Rated 93 - The nose shows a fantastic interplay between sweet and savory with hints of chocolate cake, blackberry jam, cured meats, and black tea...
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St. Hallett Shiraz Faith 2015 750ml

Rated 90 - Here’s a steal: a classic Barossa shiraz with black fruit and tarry tannins for $16. Give it time in a decanter and those iron-hard...
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Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2018 750ml

Rated 91 - It’s another successful vintage for this wine, which gives consumers a taste of the Torbreck style at a reasonable price. The 2018...
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Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - Complex, opening with a distinctive floral note of dried lavender that adds an aromatic lift to the polished blackberry, cherry and...
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Australia Barossa Syrah

Whilst most of Australia consists of arid deserts and dense bushland, the oceanic coasts to the south of the country have a terrain and climate ideal for vine cultivation and wine production. It took several decades of failed attempts at the end of the 18th century in order to produce vines of a decent enough quality for making wine, but since those first false starts, the Australian wine industry has continued to grow and grow. Today, wine production makes up for a considerable part of the Australian economy, with exports in recent years reaching unprecedented levels and even overtaking France for the first time ever. Whilst the greatest successes in regards to quality have been the result of the Syrah grape varietal (known locally as Shiraz), Australia utilizes several Old World grapes, and has had fantastic results from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay and more. As the Australian passion for locally produced wine continues to develop, wineries have begun experimenting with a wider range of grape varietals, meaning that nowadays it isn't uncommon to find high quality Australian wines made from Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Viognier, amongst many others.

The Barossa Valley in Australia is one of the New World's most interesting wine regions, having been established in the late 19th century by German settlers. The region benefits enormously from the relatively temperate climate, which ranges from being hot on the lower parts of the valley, to quite cool as the altitude increases on the valley slopes. Barossa Valley produces mostly Shiraz wines, and has become one of the key Australian regions for this distinctive grape varietal which has gone on to be a major grape for the Australian wine industry. Despite suffering from a poor reputation in the mid 20th century, by the 1980s, plenty of unique and forward-thinking wineries set up in Barossa to take advantage of its excellent climate, and set about producing the excellent red and white wines which the region is famed for today.

Known as Syrah in most countries around the world, and Shiraz in Australia and certain other regions of the New World, this grape varietal has proven over the centuries to be one of the most powerful and flavorful red wine grapes there is. It is now one of the planet's most widely grown grapes, and is a favorite with wineries as a result of its robustness and versatility. It isn't easy to identify many characteristics of this particular varietal, due to the fact that it is highly versatile and shows significant differences in flavor and character depending on the terroir it is grown in, and the climatic conditions of the region. However, Syrah is most widely associated with full bodied, strong and loud red wines, packed full of fruity and spicy flavors, held in a beautifully deep red liquid.