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

Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of mesquite, roasted nuts, and maple with a tannic, tart, full body and a peppery, interesting, very long red plum skin and hoisin finish with drying, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. Inky density and mouthwatering acidity enliven this complex Shiraz.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $20 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Lake Doctor Shiraz
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of new leather, ripe blueberry, cigar, and juniper with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, very long finish that shows notes of blackberry and black plum with firm, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm and racy Shiraz showcasing hints of tobacco and juniper and boasting a finish that lasts.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $20 Best Buy
Jaraman 2019  Shiraz
93 points
$22
Black ruby color. Aromas of cola, roasted coffee beans, peppermint, cardamom, and pickling spices with a chewy, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long juicy plum punch and berry gelato finish. A rich, velvety Shiraz that delivers.
Masterstroke 2019  Shiraz
92 points
$44
Black violet color. Aromas of licorice, chocolate cake, black tea, and hints of mint with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, long thyme, roasted nuts, and chocolate soufflé finish with moderate oak flavor. A round and pleasing Shiraz with big style.
Sidewood 2019 Mappinga Shiraz
92 points
$45
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry-rhubarb pie, ripe plum, vanilla bean tea, wintergreen, and tarragon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of milk chocolate-covered caramels, smoked meats, and violet with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy and complex Shiraz that sings.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz
92 points
$48
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black plums, black cassis, pomegranate, green olive, grilled coffee-rubbed pork belly, and lemon zest with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long finish. A velvet monster of a Shiraz that will appeal to lovers of brawny, voluptuous wines.
Wakefield/Taylors 2016 The Pioneer Shiraz
92 points
$140
Black garnet color. Complex aromas of smoky pipe tobacco, plum dumplings, blueberry pie, black olive, vanilla bean, and gingersnap cookies with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long pickled beets, dill, and dark chocolate finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, spice-laden Shiraz with a complex nose you can get lost in.
Sidewood 2017 Stablemate Shiraz
92 points
$17
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled mushrooms, sun dried tomato, green olives, caramel cookies, and peppermint-vanilla with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of incense and brown butter roasted nuts with moderate oak flavor. A complex and captivating Shiraz that will amplify a fine meal.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Sidewood 2016 Mappinga Shiraz
92 points
$45
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberry, horseblanket, cinnamon-raisin roll, and dried figs and dates with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, long finish with nuances of caramelized mushrooms, berry tart, black tea, and menthol-mint with moderate oak flavor. Funky complexity and luscious fruit combine in this show-stopping Shiraz that will pair like a pro.
Jip Jip Rocks 2018  Shiraz
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted berries, carob, earth, juniper, and eucalyptus with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish with suggestions of vanilla gelato, rosehips, raspberry coulis, and roasted nuts. A delicious and satisfying Shiraz that will enhance grilled meats.
92 points $19 Best Buy