6 Shiraz from Down Under - Perfect Cold Weather Drinking!
Australia's most prolific red variety, it has traditionally been seen as a big, bold, alcoholic and syrupy variety compared to Syrah, but in recent years it has become more refined and stylish. Here are 6 of the best.
Starting in McLaren Vale, S.C. Pannell Field Street Shiraz 2016 Is showing a couple of years of age and embodies everything good Shiraz stands for. It is refined and majestic but also bright and satisfying. 16 Stops Shiraz shows the plump and juicy end of the Shiraz spectrum, absolutely bursting with dark blue fruits. Moving to the Adelaide Hills, Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2017 shows a good savoury edge to the variety, it is a picture of balance from one of Ausstralia's best producers. From Victoria and the Yarra Valley, Giant Steps Yarra Valley Shiraz is from man of the hour Steve Flamsteed, Gourmet Traveller wine maker of the year. It showcases Melbourne's beautiful cool-climate style. Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz from Canberra district is our favourite Shiraz and has helped establish Australian Capitol Territory as a neo-classic region for the variety. Wine maker Tim Kirk models his wines on the Cote Rotie wines of the Northern Rhone. We round it out with a Shiraz blend, another from S.C. Pannell, SGT features Shiraz blended with its favourite bedfellow Grenache and also some Touriga. Gorgeous. STSWine