Shiraz is Australia’s signature grape variety: we make a wider range of Shiraz styles – and from more climatically diverse regions – than any other country in the world. Tasting a selection of these wines together has endless potential for fascination.
Huon Hooke takes a look at some of Australia’s best Shiraz from seven different wine regions.
Follow this link to view the top 2017 Shiraz from the Barossa Valley.
Very deep, dark red colour with a glint of purple. The bouquet is chocolaty and black-fruited, dark plums and blackberries. Lashings of oak. A big, powerful, concentrated shiraz with loads of fruit and oak and tannin, somehow retaining its balance. Long, satisfing follow-through. It’s a whopper! There’s a lot of oak, but the wine is big enough to handle it. Cellaring recommended.
Deep, rich red/purple colour, very youthful and bright. Toasty oak, earthy, blackberry and chocolate aromas, with traces of spice and mint. It’s full-bodied and forceful, intense and rich, with brilliant energy and vitality. The palate is very full-bodied, lively and strong, with abundant supple, ripe tannins that melt in the mouth. A hint of choc-mint on the end-palate. A superb example of a big Barossa shiraz. (60-65% new French oak).
Deep, dark red/purple colour, youthful and bright, the bouquet fresh and chocolaty, plummy and blackberry-ish. The wine is black-fruited and has a streak of blackstrap licorice. Intense, concentrated, focused and streamlined, it has a touch of elegance and a tremendously long carry. It’s bright, fruit-driven and impressive.
Very deep, dark, glossy red/purple colour, with a strongly oaked bouquet, the palate super-ripe and massively proportioned, with heaps of intensity and guts. A big-boned, brawny red which is loaded with masses of tannin which grips and dries the finish – but it manages to avoid clumsiness. Good acidity keeps it fresh and alive.
Very deep purple/red colour with a very meaty, charcuterie-like reductive bouquet, very young and primal, with spicy, humus-like notes underneath. It’s concentrated and rich, with elegance and essency concentration. A wine of real depth, but you need to accept the reduction.