Shiraz 'Masterclass' 6-pack
Shiraz 'Masterclass' 6-pack
1 x Bindi Pyrette Shiraz, Heathcote
1 x Head ‘The Blonde’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley
1 x Yves Cuilleron Cavanos Syrah, Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône
1 x Jamsheed Pyren Syrah, Pyrenees
1 x Man O’War Dreadnought Syrah, Waiheke Island, NZ
1 x Murdoch Hill Landau Syrah, Adelaide Hills
Shiraz 'Masterclass’ 6-pack
Bindi Pyrette Shiraz, Heathcote
Michael Dhillon of Bindi is best known for producing some of Australia’s greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool heights of the Macedon Ranges. Unbeknownst to many, Bindi also produce serious Shiraz out of a small parcel of vines from a vineyard in Heathcote, planted on deep red Cambrian soils that the region is renowned for. The vineyard is scattered with ‘buckshot’ - an ironstone and quartz gravel that is thought to contribute to the flavour profile that Heathcote is known for. The wine is a structured and elegant expression of the region; while still possessing the richness and density that Heathcote is known for, it also retains an excellent line of acidity and an underlying minerality that carries beautifully through to the finish.
Head ‘The Blonde’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley
One of our favourite producers from the Barossa Valley, Alex Head’s wines speak of regionality and vineyard expression, drawing inspiration from the soils and aspects of the Rhone Valley in France. The Blonde is grown on a vineyard site in the Barossa Valley’s famed Stonewell sub-region, and is so named in homage to the Blonde soils of the Rhône Valley’s legendary Côte-Rôtie – grey sands contribute to the soil profile. A perfumed and seductive wine, blueberries, plums and dark chocolate notes continue to the plush palate, that is deftly framed with soft tannins, with a density and richness that is classic to the region, while still retaining a freshness and verve to it. Drinks beautifully now but will continue to improve in the cellar with time.
Yves Cuilleron Cavanos Syrah, Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône
Located in Cavanos, situated on the border of Condrieu at the northern tip of Saint-Joseph. Saint-Joseph, which is a long, skinny region running the eastern length of the Northern Rhône, has long been considered subpar compared to its more prestigious neighbours, due to the majority of its vineyard sites located on flatlands. The northern tip of the region however, resembles the craggy, steep and jagged teeth of Condrieu and Cote-Rôtie, and benefits from the same soils, altitude and climactic factors that make these regions so famed. The 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhône was utterly superb, and the Cavanos is a powerhouse of a wine. With a silken touch, it slowly reveals its concentration and power with decadent layers of baking spices, cured meats, black cherry, blood plum, black pepper and dried thyme. To drink or to keep, that is the question – because this beautiful wine will reward either choice.
Jamsheed Pyren Syrah, Pyrenees
Jamsheed’s Gary Mills has been making stylish single-site expressions of Shiraz for many years now, and it’s safe to say he’s a deft hand at this now, and an inspiration for other producers to explore more terroir-focused, single-vineyard expressions of this noble grape. His Pyren Syrah is sourced from a vineyard in Victoria’s Pyrenees district, with quartz laced pink granitic soils not unlike those found in the cru sites of Beaujolais. Gary utilised whole-bunch fermentation and careful elevage, using minimal intervention in the winery. The resulting wine is a brooding, dark and deep expression; notes of black plum, licorice, star anise, brambles and blackberries all feature on the concentrated palate, which is hemmed in with tight, structural tannins. Will benefit from decanting, and will age beautifully for a decade.
Man O’War Dreadnought Syrah, Waiheke Island, NZ
New Zealand isn’t generally associated with Syrah/Shiraz, but this is more because of the swamp of ubiquitous, generic wines that have flooded Australian shelves in the past few years. Man O’War is special. Located on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island, a playground for the artistic and wealthy, lined with white sand beaches and possessing a unique micro-climate compared to the mainland. All of Man O’War’s wines are named for historic battleships, and the Dreadnought embodied a fierce combination of speed and power. Sourced from the steepest hillside vineyards on the estate, the Dreadnought is akin to Northern Rhône Syrah, with savoury spices woven through the black cherry fruit, surrounded by finely grained, ripe tannins.
Murdoch Hill Landau Syrah, Adelaide Hills
2017’s Young Gun of Wine, Michael Downer, is continuing his meteoric rise through the ranks of Australia’s best winemakers, and the wines he is producing are truly remarkable. In the cool Adelaide Hills, sourced from his family’s estate, Michael’s delicate touch in the winery allows the wines to sing with varietal character, all produced in an elegant, restrained style with a subtlety and complexity that is hard to achieve. The Landau Syrah is a tribute to the Northern Rhône, with an enticing nose of smoky bacon, fresh raspberry, touches of licorice and a violet overtone. The wine is long, fine and elegant, with textural tannins and a rocky minerality not often seen in Australian Shiraz. World class.