Lightish. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Hmmm. Underneath the wood lies a silken palate, with hints of mint and a real sense of mediumness before some late tart acidity. Flagships aren’t my favourite ships…. Plum, soil, a hint of meat, the oak folded in, the palate mid-weight and yet muscular. All the recent vintages of this McLaren Vale Shiraz top dog have been so polished, but particularly so this vintage. Needless to say, I discovered wine, and my life evolved with a unique dual focus - wine and environment.Twenty years later and I spend my days wearing many (wine) hats, mostly as a writer, presenter and marketer. 2016 New Era Vineyards Basket Pressed Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon , $27 Would I buy it? Would I buy it? 18/20, 93/100. Just lacks some carry through the finish. It’s bold and powerful. 17.7/20, 92/100. A quality $10 Cab at a great Costco price, the Quarisa Mrs. Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz – A Stunner. TYRRELL'S. The is one of Australia’s oldest and best known regions for Shiraz; Barossa is home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world – Langmeil Freedom vineyard is believed to have been planted in 1843 and is still producing today; Barossa Shiraz is one of the most widely available and best-known red wines … Over the years, some of the country’s best Shiraz wine producing brands have garnered a global reputation. Generous and uncomplicated Hunter Shiraz. 13.8%, $31. Building 1, 658 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121 Australia. The Vasse Felix classic is one of the most renowned red wines in … If you like Vale Shiraz, you’re going to like this. It produces ‘lovely rich plum fruit but with an ironstone character’ according to Hardys winemaker Nic Bowen. More. Difficult to see in the photo, but there is this subtle raised lettering on the front and back label that is clever (and probably expensive). 18.5/20, 94/100. I’m fascinated by how all of the Clyde Park wines go off to different winemakers – this Shiraz was made by Robin Brockett at Scotchmans Hill. Read more about me here or get in touch to book your next wine event with me here. I’d drink it, but out of my price range. Still a reasonable drink. The 2018 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon has taken the top honours at the 2020 James Halliday Australia Cabernet Challenge. Beyond that, you are paying for things like scarcity and marketing. Grows on you this does. Best drinking: now to 15 years. I’d drink it, but I can’t justify the price to buy. Easy going charm but with substance and Hunter character. Would I buy it? Best food matches for Shiraz. They can be complex and spicy, elegant and floral or even just juicy and smashable; their versatility makes them one of the best Australian red wines you can buy. But for all Australia's great abundance in wine it hasn't been an easy ride. Uncover the 2019 Shiraz Varietal Winners with Halliday Wine Companion. RELATED: The Goon Bag Is Back: Quality Cask Wine Worth Drinking. There is no wine variety more synonymous with Australia than shiraz. The top wines from 2020; Top reds under $15; Wines from $15 to $20; Wines from $25 to $40; Oh, boy if you are prepared to get into this price bracket you are going to fine some truly exceptional wines selling for prices, that I think are quite nutty. Back in the fridge and after an hour the retry just confirmed that it’s a diffuse wine but an attractive one. Best drinking: now, but it may indeed be a better wine after another stint in the cellar. 14.5%, $35. In the end both Ambrozkiewicz and I agreed that the Forest Hill shiraz 2017 was the best wine, but only just ahead of the Turkey Flat Butcher’s Block shiraz. Meat-and-three-veg McLaren red, but convincing in its manner too. A glass or two. Dark berry fruit, squishy, polished boysenberry plum flavours, the palate silken but slightly tart, generous and polished and round but just a bit short. Shiraz represented 26% of the total 2017 crush, far ahead of cabernet sauvignon and merlot.”. Proper cool clime Shiraz this. Shiraz is made in every Australian winemaking state from South Australia to Western Australia. It was my first year of university, slogging through physics and chemistry, so a liquor shop seemed like fun. The TWF report mentions that the amigos have now agreed amongst themselves that the best Chardonnays in Australia come from the Yarra Valley. Best drinking: now to whenever. Soft. Would I buy it? Worth a few glasses with a steak at a gastropub. Juicy. Would I buy it? A glass. Gundog’s Canberra wines just get better (and better). Shiraz (the same grape as Syrah) is Australia's leading red grape and the wines made from it are often spectacular in both texture and flavor, with huge vivid waves of black pepper, black fruits, exotic spices, cigars, bitter chocolate and boysenberries. I had this Yarra red warm and thought it looked a bit diffuse. Z Wine – Australia’s Best Shiraz Posted by adelaidefoodcentral on December 6, 2020 This outstanding announcement of ‘ BEST OF SHOW SHIRAZ ’ and ‘ BEST SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WINE ’ comes from the 26th edition of this prestigious and highly regarded wine award, which attracted over 430 entries from 70 regions from Australia through an extensive and diverse range of premium quality Shiraz. Hunter Shiraz from Gundog pitching at Hunter Burgundy. The apostrophe in Hardy’s/Hardys feels forgotten. A plum-drenched mouthful of wine it is too, with trademark plush fruit and cosseting oak. 18/20, 93/100. A few glasses when it settles down. A glass or so with something meaty. Very good drinking. 17.7/20, 92/100. The first thing you notice it the colour – really saturated purple red. Personally, I think the price/quality equation peaks somewhere between $40 and $60 for most varieties. It is still just 750 mills of liquid at the end of the day. Shiraz arrived in Australia as part of the Busby collection in 1832. Unquestionably bold Shiraz, but also a bit mono-dimensional too. But not profundity? Australia has a huge presence worldwide when it comes to red wine in particular, with Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot being the varietals Down Under is best known for. Best drinking: now to eight years as a start. Fascinating to see how often I dislike the most expensive Shiraz from a winery. 18/20, 93/100. It’s just a teensy bit spirity, but certainly charming and such a good presentation of style. Good now, good in many years, proper Hunter Valley style all the way. NB: I tried each of these wines over thirty-six hours, and all remained in excellent condition. Polished. Sourced from the Homestead Vineyard, and feels the most classic Hunter style of the range too – more ‘medium’, with a core of ripe plum and purple fruit plus a little leather, soy sauce and tilled soil. Shiraz Day Highlight: Yangarra Kings Wood Shiraz…, Part 2: 11-24 of the best Shiraz I've tasted this…. Below we have compiled a list of the top Australian Shiraz wines as rated by Decanter’s experts. Fun fact: Shiraz makes up over 25% of all winegrapes crushed in Australia, and South Australia has the largest vineyard area with 76,292ha (Wine Australia figures 19/20). Would I buy it? Good, solid, real Barossa Shiraz here. There were two wines which stood out as best of the tasting and they were a little surprising. I expected something a bit more ethereal. Just a bit lean, but svelte too. At 18, I started working in a small suburban bottleshop, largely to buy cheap beer. Two glasses easy. Feels substantial though. Freycinet Wineglass Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – $27 (96pts) Poonawatta The Eden Riesling 2019 – $30 (95pts) Quealy Musk Creek Pinot Gris 2018 – $30 (95pts) Top 20 best Shiraz of November 2020 Hardys Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2016. Then over a decade. This is thick, drying and somewhat un-Hunter style aiming to win over non-Hunter drinkers. Subscribe now to get the latest wines news and tasting notes, plus unlock handy features on the Halliday website. Would I buy it? This new Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2018 is spice-driven, and firmly Hills-ian highlight too. 17.5/20, 91/100. 2018 Best's Bin No. Would I buy it? Would I buy it? Would I buy it? 14%, $60. What sets this apart from the more expensive Terracotta below? 17.5/20, 91/100. A glass. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Top 10 Australian Wines. Heavy toast oak is the first flavour with this Coonawarra Shiraz, in the mode of an early noughties Wynns Michael (complete with telltale American oak Bounty flavours). 17.5/20, 91/100. Lovely moderate wine it is too; boysenberry fruit, oak in the background, and silken flavours. MAGAZINE. Soumah’s Pinot & Chardonnay are first-rate, but the Syrah is inconsistent. It’s in the winery logo, yet nowhere else. This, in turn, is thicker than expected – you’d almost call it South Australian with its saturated plum nose, the palate follows with more plums, vanilla and just a cursory waft of mint. Bluntly fruity though. Stylistically it’s a bolder wine – deep and concentrated, all chocolate malt and thick dark berries then alcohol warmth and thickish tannins. From Queensland’s Granite Belt to Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, no other country offers such a range of Shiraz from a variety of terroirs. The Australian Wine – Absolutely the best way to buy your wine! From the packaging, I was expecting low intervention funk. ... 2020 GREAT AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ CHALLENGE GRAPEWORKS TANIUM TROPHY: Best New South Wales Shiraz Philip Shaw Wines 2018 No 3 Shiraz Best drinking: now to many years. In 2019 and 2020 I was voted in the Top 30 Best Wine Critics in The World, and in my spare time, I'm a sucker for punishment and run trail ultra marathons, much to the delight of my long-suffering family. Syrah is a quintessentially Mediterranean-climate variety, a big cropper resistant to pests and diseases, producing dark, inky, aromatic reds with black fruit flavours and peppery, spicy characteristics.. The oak and alcohol give this a dusty, almost curranty dried fruit edge. Ridicule, rejection and forced reinvention have featured heavily in the past 200-odd years of Australia's considerable wine history and that's without even going into issues like decade-long droughts, wildfires, disease and corporate misadventure. Gundog Estate Marksman’s Shiraz 2018. The first 5 wines that Huon scored 98 points are also on TWF’s top list, so we have some agreement here. In Western Australia’s Margaret River district is the vineyard of Leeuwin Estate that … Yalumba Organic Shiraz – A Reliable Buy. I was genuinely surprised that these Paisley Wines releases were old-school oaky and ripe. Best Australian Wines 2020. x. CABERNET SAUVIGNON. Even a sticker across the front label to say ‘aged release’. A glass. Easy to like this. Due to its suitability to hot, dry climates, it thrived in many Australian regions, and consequently grew in popularity… The remaining four 99-point shiraz wines only further parade the triumph of the variety in Australia. A half bottle care package of S & S releases turned up earlier in the year in a little box that I promptly forgot about. Tastes it too. Vasse Felix 2014 Classic Dry Red. 18.5/20, 94/100. In amongst an array of new Meerea Park releases, this is my pick. Everything. Best drinking: now to ten years plus. Leads with bright red fruit, silken, ripe flavours but in a medium Hunter mode, capped off with slightly bitter tannins to finish and a little Hunter leather for good measure. Would I buy it? 17/20, 90/100. And is it South Australian? Glaetzer Wines. It’s hard to keep up with the different St Hallett labels now, but this is all Eden Valley stylin’. Leeuwin Estate. 13.5%, $120. It has its origins in France’s northern Rhône Valley, where it provides the backbone of the famous Hermitage, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie wines. South Australia’s Barossa Valley is home to some of the oldest shiraz vines in the country and produces excellent examples, as seen below with the two of the leading wines coming from the region. It’s just not quite congruent at this point in time. If you ask wine connoisseurs to list their favorite wines, you can bet not a single Australian brand would figure in that list. 14.5%, $30. Soft, round and gentle, the palate is lightly jubey, fleshy, substantial and easy in a modern mode; a flash of pure fruit if a bit singular (and simple). That’s not to say there isn’t a place for big reds, just that they can be hard drinks on a warm night (and I’m likely drinking an ice cold can of IPA anyway). Best drinking: I’d wait a few years before diving in. Would I buy it? 14.5%, $49.99. But from a $15 white to a $350 red, it hasn’t affected the quality of our wines. Cost: $105.99. Today, we lean towards an Australian red wine that is a bit more muscular than your typical Pinot. When an extra $275 only buys you an extra 2 points on a 100 point scale I can see why. There are many good red wine brands making ripping Pinots in Australia, and they can be made in so many marvellous ways. Variety: Shiraz. Z Wine tops the 2020 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Best drinking: I’d wait a bit and then for 10 years. I dunno. "For a classic Barossa Shiraz that demonstrates what Australian Shiraz should be, the Penfolds RWT (or bin 798) is a full-bodied powerhouse that is also elegantly balanced," Osborn says. It’s curious then that neither JH nor HH have any Yarra Valley chardies on their top lists. Plush and purple berried, it’s a cavalcade of ripe blackberry fruit, the palate soft and ripe but all mid-palate, as it gets a bit diffuse to finish. More than meets the eye! 14%, $300. Best drinking: now to ten plus years. 2020 SAINT MARTIN OAK GREAT AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ CHALLENGE TROPHY: Best of Show Shiraz 2018 Z Wine Julius Shiraz Read more about Z Wine Julius Shiraz. 14.5%, $42. The apostrophe in Hardy’s/Hardys feels forgotten. I now judge at wine shows around the world, sit on the Australian Wine List of the Year awards panel and was once a Wine Journalism Young Gun (but baby that was years ago). Yes, it’s been an annus horribilis. 2018 Head Old Vine Barossa Shiraz , $35. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. But what I want to know is, are you drinking much Shiraz? Battley Syrah by Russell Bourne. Pleasant drinking, no earth moving under your feet. Canberra, Yarra Valley, Geelong, and Great Southern far more appealing than Barossa. This year, an astonishing 8775 wines were tasted, with the winners announced on the evening of the awards, and published in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion, released the following day. Still style and a sense of elegance. The Best Australian Wine - The 2020 Reverse Wine Snob Picks. Best drinking: now to ten years. Hardie Grant acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture. Sourced from the Upper Tintara Vineyard, which remains in the Hardy family. Drink it, yes, but not buy it. This is the ‘standard’ estate wine in Seville Estate’s multi-tiered Yarra Shiraz lineup, and there’s real charisma here. It’s ripe and polished if leaning a little too far into warmth and inelegance, with a waft of caramel on the finish. Would I buy it? Regardless, if I am in the mood for Shiraz, this assortment of the Top 20 best Shiraz of November 2020 is a great place to start…. Best drinking: now to twenty years. The last few vintages of this have wavered in style quite a bit. That Shaw & Smith prices haven’t really gone up, despite the quality, high scores and acclaim. 14.5%, $70. Long too, although just a smidgen warm to finish. Not quite now. This red spends 18 months in new and one-year-old oak. December 16, 2020 ... and addition of Shiraz adds an extra layer of plumpness too. Sign up to receive our email offers and take $25 off today! While a lot of Shiraz is opened here at Graham HQ, the bottles emptied tend to not be the stereotypical ‘big’ Shiraz. It is the great red grape of the northern Rhône where it reaches its apogee in the deep-hued, muscular, long-lived wines of Hermitage and Côte Rôtie. Worth a bottle. Has understated purple fruit, sage and then a quietly bitter and substantial palate. Yes. Toasty milk chocolate/mocha oak plays a big part on the thick palate, oak tannins through the finish too. Best drinking: now to twenty years. That’s rookie as I bloody love half bottles too. the Hardys Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2016 is very classic McLaren Vale red too – generous and full through the middle, with a plushness and an open flow of flavour. BEST KNOWN FOR: Single-vineyard shiraz and semillon; … The Penfolds 2020 collection is available from Dan Murphys and Vintage Cellars from the August 6, 2020. I’d share a bottle. By becoming a member of Wine Companion, you'll have access to the largest database of wines in Australia. 13%, $40. It’s just a little bit tart, but the finish is true. 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