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
"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
"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
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
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
"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
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