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Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are pronounced enough to consider them distinct varieties. Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.
The term Shiraz has its roots in the New World, although there is no one story about how it came to be named this. The prevailing style of Shiraz winemaking reflects its New World roots, though, tending toward bright fruit flavors – most frequently blueberries, blackcurrants and black cherries. Secondary notes of chocolate lend themselves well to the full-bodied texture of these wines, often accented by pepper and spicy inflections.
The MimicShiraz, Jumilla, Spain
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge
Jumilla, Spain 2 x 75cl Bottles
The Mimic Shiraz is unashamedly a wine which takes its style and inspiration from its Aussie counterparts and definitely sticks it to them with its big smooth, fruity style.
Made in the South Eastern Spanish region of Jumilla, the Mimic Shiraz grapes are carefully harvested at the moment of optimum ripeness before undergoing pressing to extract all the juice. The must then spends an extended period of time on its skins and temperature controlled fermentation to extract the maximum fruit freshness from the grapes. After fermentation, 80% of the wine spends 3 months in French oak, before blending with the unoaked wine and bottling.
The result is a great value bottle of red wine full of black plums, damsons, blackberry and licorice flavours with a touch of vanilla spice on the finish.
A wine which is delicious on its own or ideal with bbq flavours and grilled meats.
The Accomplice De Bortoli Shiraz
Riverina, Australia 2 x 75cl
Meal Matcher Shiraz, Rosemount Estate
South Australia, Australia Jumilla, Spain 2 x 75cl Bottles
Dark cherry red with vibrant purple hues, this Shiraz features a vibrant burst of raspberry, red cherry and plum flavours followed by darker elements of dark plums, mild chocolate and subtle hints of spice.
The rich bold flavours of this wine are perfectly matched to the juicy, succulent depth of flavour in steak, while the subtle hints of spice and tannin structure bring out the best in barbecued or char-grilled cuts of beef.
A bold match for your favourite steak.
Click below for some delicious Steak recipes to be enjoyed with you Rosemount Estate Meal Matcher Shiraz.
Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz
Barossa, Australia 2 x 75cl
Portrait Shiraz represents the heart of Barossa. Fruit from more than 60 growers across the breadth of the region make up the final blend, affording consistency to the original Peter Lehmann style: robust and generous. Several of these vineyards are more than 100 years old. Yet age alone doesn’t make a great wine – it is how the vineyard is managed. The winemakers and growers work together year round to “grow better wine.”
Arc du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
Côtes du Rhône, France 2 x 75cl
Queensland, Australia 2 x 75cl Bottles*** Bronze Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition ***
Barramundi comes from the Murray Darling Region of Victoria where two of Australia’s greatest rivers meet. It means their vineyards are supplied with constant water, which is just as well, as there’s hardly any rainfall during the growing season!