Shiraz is Australia’s favourite variety, and its big, bold and full-bodied reds from regions such as the Barossa Valley have helped put Australia on the world wine map. Its spiritual home though is France’s Rhône Valley, where it is known as Syrah and produces wines typically lighter in body and alcohol. Sometimes Australian Shiraz is labelled as Syrah to indicate its specific style.
"I’ve liked a great many of the previous releases of this wine but this is my favourite of the lot. It’s a ripper. Balanced, well fruited, spice-laden, perfumed, floral and then sweetly exotic. It smells and tastes beautiful, and is so finely etched with tannin; it has everything exactly where you’d like it to be. I’d send a case of this straight into the pool room but I’d like my stash kept a lot closer to me than that and, besides, I don’t have a pool room anyway. Buy." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM21601
"Oozing all the charm of Clare Valley starting with its dark purple hue, its fragrance of Chinese five spice, graphite and menthol with tangy black plums, currants and tart tamarind-acidity. The well-composed palate incorporates finely-chiselled savoury tannins and plenty of joy in between." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM20301
A blend of 79% Shiraz and 21% Tempranillo. Liquorice, leather, forest fruits and chocolate – this is a wine for glugging but it’s anything but simple, each mouthful bringing a new layer to enjoy.
Item Code: ITM6058
"Shiraz was co-fermented with a small amount of viognier. This often results in some softening of the palate, but this wine retains power, concentration and texture, savoury tannins carrying the back-palate and finish to a long conclusion." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM2008
The wine gets it name from the deep ironstone gravel loam that the vineyard grows in. On the nose intense aromas of plum, rosemary and vanilla which opens onto a vibrant palate of ripe dark fruits intertwined with chocolate and toasted oak, and supported by spicy tannins. Packed with flavour, this is an enjoyable and complex Shiraz with enough intrigue to keep you coming back for more.
Item Code: ITM14490
Perfumed and savoury, with a dark fruit core, this is not your typical Barossa Shiraz. There's no jamminess or sweet, confected fruit, this is all about layers and complexity, with raspberry and blackberry fruit underpinned by gamey notes and spice. Excellent.
Item Code: ITM22134
Vibrant aromas of liquorice, plum and raspberry. A luscious mouth coating palate packed full of red fruit, dark chocolate and spice supported by textural tannins. Elegant, complex and delicious to drink.
Item Code: ITM7092
Bright aromas of plum, blackcurrant, chocolate and spice on the nose. The palate if layered with juicy flavours of blackberry jam, plum, boysenberry with creamy oak characters. Bright acidity and firm tannins add structre and balance. A lovely, velvety wine that is drinking well now and will also reward a few years in the cellar.
Item Code: ITM7678
Bright deep ruby, this classic Barossa Shiraz has powerful fruit compote, damson plum, dark cherry and pastille aromas all wound up in a blanket of
subtle spicy oak. The palate is generous and round without being overbearing with attractive terracotta baked earth fruits on the finish that with plush tannins makes for an exceptional Barossa red.
Item Code: ITM6892
Bright cranberries, blackberry and raspberry on the nose. The palate is loaded with ripe red berries and cherry with subtle oak characters. Smooth tannins add structure, balance and length. An elegant French red.
Item Code: ITM14468
"Herb and spice notes sit deep within a pool of cherry, plum and clove. This velvety red pours on the charm, the fruit and spice characters married quite perfectly. Flavour and style are excellent. The only detraction is the warmth of the finish, though it’s by no means fatal. It’s a very good example of Yarra Valley shiraz." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6834
Grown on vines planted in the 1950s, the Power of One Shiraz is the flagship wine of Old Plains. Pretty florals on the nose, sweet fruit on the palate; raspberry and blackberry dominate, while a touch of spice and oak adds further interest. Firm tannins balance the fruit-driven palate, adding structure and length.
Item Code: ITM3656
A medium-bodied 60/35/5% blend of shiraz, grenache and tempranillo that spent 18 months in 100% new French oak - namely a single hogshead; the best components went into this wine, which has absorbed the new oak without demur, emerging fresh and unscathed on the lingering finish. 94 points, James Halliday.
Item Code: 29821
This is a nuanced Barossa Shiraz of elegance and class. It is aromatic in
style with bright aromas of dark berried fruits and a touch of liquorice. The palate shows remarkable depth of flavour – plum and cassis fill the mouth, while a pinch of spice contributes to a long and rewarding finish.
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Item Code: ITM5637
Graceful yet powerful, this Syrah offers a beautifully structured savoury palate of red and black fruits coupled with light pepper and fine-grained tannins, all bound together by a sweet clip of new oak. This is a soft and intense wine of elegance and poise.
Item Code: ITM4781
Red fruit aromas with a blackberry jubiness, framed by fragrant vanillin oak. The palate is ripe with black fruits and layers of creamy oak. Recommended.
Item Code: ITM22154
Deep, dense in colour with intense aromas of dark cherry and chocolate. The palate is intensely layered with ripe, fleshy dark fruit flavours with hints of chocolate and spice. Firm tannins add structure and length.
Item Code: OLG317011
"Hand-picked, co-fermented with 2% viognier, no whole bunches this vintage, matured in French puncheons (25% new) for 15 months. An interesting follow-on to the '15, the latter giving rise to many very good wines. The '16 takes its time in asserting its character and quality, which it does so handsomely on the back-palate and finish. Here spicy, savoury notes are allied with terrific tannins, fine, yet persistent." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM18615
"It’s not about me but: I love this wine. It’s built on acidity and spice as much as it is on fruit and tannin. It’s direct, it’s exotic, it’s meaty and floral, but it’s also laced with black cherry and fennel. It has velocity and tension. It is simply a beautiful, modern red wine in the best sense of the word(s)." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM21600
"Grilled steak with pepper, herbs de Provence, almost a violet thing going on, black fruits, iron filings. Medium bodied, distinctly ferrous and meaty, almost bloody, seasoned with salt and herbs, streaks of gummy tannin, clean acidity, all that meat, blackness and herb on the finish. Dare I say it, the Rhône expression of Shiraz from Heady?" Gary Walsh
Item Code: ITM15537
Item Code: ITM17430
"Uses 35% whole bunches on the bottom of the fermenter, 2% viognier skins on top of the whole bunches, then 63% crushed/destemmed on top, left alone to ferment naturally until 2% baume left, then pigeaged, 3 weeks on skins in total, matured in new and used French oak for 18 months. This approach, coupled with 13.5% alcohol, results in a vibrantly fresh, fragrant and lively wine bursting with cherry fruit, spice and pepper. Now the journey in the bottle begins." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM21594
"Bowled over by balance. It’s bold with flavour but everything here feels so well placed. It tastes of licorice, redcurrant, black cherries and peppery herbs, and while there’s a velvety/creaminess to the texture oak is not a major flavour contributor. Tannin spreads and runs through a good deal of the wine, almost always a good sign. Length, tick. Fabulous." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM7091
Deep red in colour with complex aromas of dark plum, chocolate and mocha. Rich opulent fruit swarms the palate alongside velvety tannins. Soft, elegant and completely enchanting.
Item Code: ITM5971
Lifted aromas of mulberry and maraschino cherry with pepper and floral notes. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of pure fruit characters and firm, grainy tannins. A wine of elegance and length with a promising future ahead.
Item Code: ITM6115