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Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is a popular red wine. Although France is known to be the spiritual homeland of Syrah, this red grape has been planted throughout the world vastly. It expresses itself differently depending on the climate, soil, and regional style, though certain characteristics remain the same.
Lesser known fact - According to Wine Selectors, It takes between 600 and 800 grapes to produce a single bottle of Shiraz.
Here we have listed some interesting Shiraz Brands that you ought to try in 2020.
2017 Hedges Bio Syrah by Hedges Family Estate (United States) comes with gorgeous dark purple color. The nose of this wine has spicy, earthy, smoky, and fruity notes. This wine shows all the great characteristics of a Red Mountain Syrah. The palate of 2017 Hedges Bio Syrah is a nice mix of pomegranate, huckleberry, blueberry, and tart candy. There is also a meaty, chocolate component that adds to the complexity of aromatics. With soft and tart on the entry, 2017 Hedges Bio Syrah almost fools you into thinking this is a light wine, but the full-bodied mid-palate and long spicy finish create a rich elegance.
2018 Allegiance Wines Unity Barossa Valley Shiraz by Allegiance Wines (Australia) comes in deep red crimson with purple hues. On the nose, this wine has rich aromas of intense mocha, dark berries with spicy, cedary oak. The palate of 2018 Allegiance Wines Unity Barossa Valley Shiraz shows intensity, richness, and a luscious generous mouthfeel. Filled with attractive blackberries, dark plum, subtle vanilla essences, and toasty oak held together with silky smooth tannins. The finish is long and complex – completing a very classy wine.
2018 Allegiance Wines Unity Barossa Valley Shiraz is a very special expression of Barossa Valley Shiraz, arguably Australian wine’s most recognizable region and varietal. This parcel was sourced from 30-year-old own rootstock vines of a Light Pass vineyard. This wine is an excellent example of the outstanding results possible when an allegiance between growers and winemakers creates their best expression of the varietal and vintage.
Conte Estate Circa 1880 2016 Old Vine Shiraz by Conte Estate Wines (Australia) has aromas of fresh bread yeast, spiced fruit compote & black plum jam. This wine is earthy & mouth-filling, packed with a saturating moorish character, and subtly gripped with fine tannins. Powerfully long and lingering, Conte Estate Circa 1880 2016 Old Vine Shiraz is soft, rich, and round from start to finish, and will evolve majestically for many years. The fruit is handpicked, crushed, and open fermented for 12 days. The wine was then matured in new and seasoned French oak barrels for 24 months to allow characters to integrate and soften.
2018 Jaraman Shiraz by Wakefield Taylors Wines Pty Ltd (Australia) has a deep cerise red color to the center with a vibrant purple hue to the edges. On the nose, there are lifted aromas of black plum and blackberry fruit along with a hint of coffee bean and spice. On the palate, 2018 Jaraman Shiraz is a luscious wine with layers of flavors of dark berry fruit, ripe cherries, and plum along with attractive oak characters of roasted coffee beans and spice. Overall, the wine is well balanced with well-integrated tannins providing the palate with firm structure and persistent length.
2018 Wakefield Taylors Shiraz by Wakefield Taylors Wines Pty Ltd (Australia) shows classic aromas of stewed plum, blackberry, and violets, and the palate is inviting, filled with ground coffee, vanilla, and clove characters mingling with ripe blackcurrant fruit. This wine is perfect for beef casseroles or pies.
The Wakefield Estate extends to just under 750 ha, with approximately 415 ha under vine. About 60% of the vines are planted on the famous 'terra-rossa' soil, whilst the rest roll into the river valley on clay soils topped with rich loamy soil.