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Domaine Tournon Shiraz Shay's Flat Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 91+ - Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2012 Shay’s Flat Vineyard Pyrenees Shiraz opens with a slight whiff of reduction over a core of red...
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Fowles Are You Game Shiraz 2013 750ml

Rated 91+ - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Are You Game? Shiraz offers notes of blackberries, black cherries, cassis, blueberries, some black...
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Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2010 750ml

Rated 92 - Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz offers attractively mature meaty/earthy notes over a core of Chinese...
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Seville Estate Shiraz 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Lithe, focused and distinctive, with meat, mineral and peppery elements draped over the plum and blackberry fruit, coming together...
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Yarra Yering Shiraz Underhill 2010 750ml

Rated 92 - The Underhill Shiraz comes from an 8-acre block planted in 1973. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Underhill Shiraz is...

Australia Syrah Victoria

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.

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.

The Australian region of Victoria is the country's most historically significant wine region, with vine cultivation and wine production going on there since the mid 19th century. In those times, Victoria produced over half of all Australia's wines. However, today, despite having a huge number of wineries, Victoria has begun to focus on quality over quantity – many of the six hundred wineries based in this region produce wines made from lesser known grape varietals, often producing fascinating wines full of character, but made from vines with far lower yields and a considerably smaller audience. Today, most of the viticulture in Victoria takes place near the cool, coastal region around Melbourne. However, recent years have seen irrigation projects help wine makers grow vines in the more arid parts of the region, with a wide range of grapes now being grown.