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.
Intense in flavour but with an appealing lightness of touch, this elegant Syrah combines red and black fruits with savoury characters. New oak plays a part without dominating the fruit and tannins are fine-grained. The wine will age with grace but is already drinking well.
Item Code: ITM6179
The wine shows concentrated aromas of dark fruits and spice. On the palate there is a similar intensity with plum and blackberry characters enhanced by chocolate and black pepper spice. A really well-balanced and rewarding Shiraz.
Item Code: ITM7587
"80% whole bunches, open-fermented, a small part in a sealed tank, the balance destemmed, all wild-fermented and matured in used Hungarian hogsheads. The crimson hue and spicy, smoked meat bouquet set the playing field for the palate, where whole bunch/stem nuances chase juicy fruits and fine tannins. Those who don't enjoy whole bunch flavours will hate it, but I love it." James Halliday
Item Code: OLG317017
Red and purple fruit aromas, coupled with pepper spice and chocolate/mocha oak. The medium-bodied palate shows concentrated black fruits with a lovely savoury earthiness, leading to a long, elegant finish. Highly Commended.
Item Code: ITM22153
"Hand-picked, wild yeast open-fermented, matured in new and used French oak. Archetypal cool climate, medium-bodied, shiraz. Its core of red and black cherry fruit has flecks of pepper, licorice and spice, the tannins smooth and supple, the oak totally integrated. Lovely style." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM20549
"Deep crimson-purple; the brooding black fruits, licorice, spice and graphite of the bouquet speak truly of the intense, yet elegant, medium to full-bodied palate. The tannins are fine, the oak a servant, the finish long and impeccably balanced." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: ITM6602
Wonderful Northern Rhone style Syrah - savoury, gamey meats, with dustings of white pepper and tobacco leaf. The palate is elegant and restrained but with great intensity, framed by fine-grained tannins. A long and savoury finish makes this wine very moreish. Outstanding.
Item Code: ITM23232
"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
This is a wine of rare structure and fruit intensity. The palate has both volume and length; the abundance of fruit flavours are coated in spice with as juicy raspberries intermingle with cedar, myrtle and soft, subtle tannins on the finish.
Item Code: ITM23647
"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
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
Made using fruit hand-picked from 100-year-old dry grown vineyard in Glenrown, winemaker Simon Killeen used 30% whole bunches in the final blend to give it an edge on the palate. Intense aromas of bark fruit and spice. The palate is full-bodied and rich with red and black fruit, spice and pepper, backed by firm tannins. A very moreish wine.
Item Code: ITM23436
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
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
Complex, earthy, a bit of whole bunch funk wrapped around a core of bright red and black cherry fruit. Oak, tannins and acid are all just so. It is is a wine you can drink with gusto or sit back with for quiet contemplation – it has it all. Top cool-climate Syrah that will do you proud now or in years to come.
Item Code: ITM6588
A powerful nose of dark fruits, pepper and earthy spice. Be-ing co-fermented with Viognier adds richness to that palate, which begins with intense fruits flavours revealing earthy characters. Long tannins complete the delicate structure, resulting in an overall elegant cool-climate Shiraz of depth and complexity.
Item Code: ITM17215