Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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2018 La Rosine Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Stéphane Ogier, Rhône
Red
2018
Ready, but will improve
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14.5% Alcohol
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£25.95 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 La Rosine Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Stéphane Ogier, Rhône
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2017
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2019 Sons of Sugarland, Boschkloof, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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2019
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£40.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 L Block Shiraz, Terlato & Chapoutier, Victoria, Australia
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2017
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2016 Cornas, Les Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Alain Voge
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2016
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2011 Cornas, Vieilles Vignes,Domaine Alain Voge, Burgundy
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2011
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2016 Cornas Renaissance, Auguste Clape
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2016
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2017 Giaconda, Estate Vineyard Shiraz, Victoria, Australia
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2017
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£80.68 – bottle (75cl)
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2007 Cornas, Renaissance, Domaine A. Clape, Rhône
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2007
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2006 Cornas, Renaissance, Domaine A. Clape, Rhône
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2006
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2018 Hermitage Rouge, Domaine Marc Sorrel, Rhône
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2018
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£93.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2014 Cornas, Domaine Auguste Clape, Rhône
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2014
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£95.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 Penfolds, Bin 798 RWT Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
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2017
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2017 Penfolds, Magill Estate Shiraz, Australia
Red
2017
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