About Shiraz Red Wine

About Shiraz Red Wine
Shiraz is made in several countries, but the best-known versions are from Australia. Known as Syrah in other countries, Shiraz is a rich red wine known for its blackberry and plum flavors and moderate tannins. Some examples also have a good amount of pepper, tobacco, licorice and black spice apparent on the palate as well.

Top Picks for Shiraz

Shottesbrooke 2013 Reserve Series Eliza Shiraz
97 points
Cloudy indigo color. Attractive, roasted, meaty aromas and flavors of mocha maple fudge, smoked nuts, jerky, and toasty cedar and clay with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, involved, long blackberry creme brulee, pomegranate-tomato chutney on rye raisin toast, beef consommé, and tamari finish with moderate oak. A decadently delicious and savory shiraz that will stimulate and satisfy.
97 points $45.99
Berton Vineyards 2017 Metal Label Black Shiraz
95 points
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Herbal aromas and flavors of menthol rub, eucalyptus incense, spicy blueberry cobbler, and lemon-thyme rub with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long pomegranate-cardamom chutney, cranberry-choke cherry relish, cedar bark, and buckwheat honey finish with crunchy, chewy tannins. A perfectly Oz tribute to St. Joseph, with absolutely pristine acidity and length that reflects the limestone soils, and will age beautifully.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Australian Shiraz Exceptional Value
95 points $14 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
95 points
Dark black ruby color. Toasty aromas and flavors of s’mores, blueberry pie, praline, and anise spiced meat with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, very long spiced sour cherry, fig jam on herb carrot muffin, and hint of eucalyptus finish with light oak. A chewy and appetizing syrah with everything in fine balance.
Sidewood 2015 Mappinga Shiraz
94 points
Opaque ruby black color. Spicy, woody aromas and flavors of crispy blueberry cobbler, dark roasted nuts and tomatoes, eucalyptus and pine, and dark chocolate drizzled bacon with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long pickled cranberry-cucumber relish, blueberry-tangerine chutney, spiced nuts, and cedar finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A powerfully delicious, evergreen and spicy shiraz tailor made for spicy barbecue.
94 points $42.50
Shottesbrooke 2015 Estate Series Shiraz
93 points
Best Buy
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry cranberry chutney, chocolate mint cookie, butterscotch, and herb rub in a wax bowl with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long blueberry cobbler a la mode, tres leche cake, spiced apples and cherries, and mint green tea finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A very tasty, scrumptious, fruity and herbal shiraz that is certain to gratify.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz
93 points
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, black raspberry, violet, eucalyptus, and flint with an tart, dry medium-full body and a stimulating, long ripe plum, rubber band, black pepper, clove, and alpine herb finish. Robust and reliable Barossa shiraz offering firm structure and spiced fruit.
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Hills Are Alive Shiraz
93 points
Dull dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of wax and sesame oil, spiced dark berries, toffee, and mint with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, long blueberry tart, citrus marmalade, vanilla custard, and pepper finish with light oak. A richly flavorful, slightly brooding shiraz that delivers great pleasure now and will will reward patience with even more in the future.
Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews Shiraz
93 points
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate orange peels and berries, leather and earth, vanilla buttercream and candy, and hint of sesame oil with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long craisin, cedar, and nut finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A complex, layered shiraz that delights the senses.
Wakefield/Taylors 2014 The Pioneer Exceptional Parcel Release Shiraz
93 points
Garnet black color. Fresh, earthy aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, clay and leather, and dried cherries with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long nutskin, earth, and oak finish with moderate oak. A concentrated, seriously structured shiraz with a long future ahead.
Fazeli Cellars 2014  Shiraz
93 points
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of blackberry tart, pickled root vegetables, and chocolate toffee with a satiny, bright, medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long creme brulee, mocha buttercream, and delicate spices finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A brooding super savory shiraz with great layers of fruit and earthy flavors.