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Celebrate National Shiraz Day with our top picks of SA drops

We’ve curated a list of our favourite South Australian Shiraz’s to enjoy just in time for Australia’s first National Shiraz Day.

Mark the date Thursday, July 23 in your calendars, as Australia, celebrates its first National Shiraz Day.

South Australia is home to many award-winning shirazes meaning it may be hard for you to pick which one (or two, or three) to enjoy on Thursday.

So we have created a guide of our favourite picks of South Australian shiraz for you to try. With no further ado (and in alphabetical order).

Chateau Yaldara – Reserve

Chateau Yaldara 2016 Shiraz promises an intense flavour and tannin structure with a dense core of dark, black fruit.

A luscious wine bursting with spicy oak aromas, enveloped by intense plum fruit purity and flavours of rich chocolate and mocha, with a
lengthy finish

The Reserve Shiraz retails for $50.00 per bottle.

Chateau Tanunda – 100-Year-Old Vines

Chateau Tanunda’s 2016 100-Year-Old-Vines Shiraz is made from some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world.

The wine delivers classical regional characters of dense, spicy blueberry fruit and savoury pan jus.

Hints of liquorice, plum, and all-spice all delicately interwoven. 

A fine-grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine has incredible future ahead of it.

The 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz retails for $150.00 per bottle.

Coriole – Estate

Coriole’s new vintage of Estate Shiraz is from the stellar 2018 vintage.

A rich, full-bodied wine that still retains the hallmark Coriole elegance. Lifted red and black fruits, full yet soft mouth coating tannins and impressive depth.

The Estate Shiraz retails for $32.00 per bottle.

Elderton Wines – Command

The Elderton Wines 2016 Command Shiraz boasts an aroma of lifted black fruits with vanilla spice undertones.

The palate promises rich and attractive dark fruits with nuances of aniseed, supported by well-rounded tannins that provide structure, leading to a very long finish.

The Command Shiraz retails for $125 per bottle.

Golding Wines – Rocco

The Rocco is sourced from two separate vineyards at Mt Torrens and
Macclesfield in the Adelaide Hills.

This elegant Shiraz wears its’ cool climate origins proudly, delivering
bright cassis and blackberry fruits on the nose, while the palate brings a
balance of berry flavours, spice and fine tannins.

Henschke’s – The Wheelwright

Henschke’s 100% Shiraz is grown on the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard.

Alluring aromas of mulberry, blueberries, blackberries, red plum and fresh vanilla bean, lavender, herbs, bay leaf and black pepper.

The structured palate reveals intense flavours of red berry fruits, dark plum and Swiss chocolate.

The finish promises a rich and textured taste with fine-grained tannins and extraordinary length.

The Wheelwright Shiraz retails for $130 per bottle.

Howard Vineyard – Amos

Located on the South Eastern tip of the Adelaide Hills at an altitude of 410m this vineyard experiences a warmer, dryer summer than average for the Adelaide Hills. This produces a medium bodied cool climate Shiraz with fragrant spice, whilst retaining the freshness the Adelaide Hills supplies.

Rich, deep red berries, plums, rhubarb and blueberries. Medium in body but fullness on the pallet from delicious chocolate oak and Asian spice. High acid and low tannin with great length.

Kellermeister Wild Witch

In addition to being named the Best Wine In The World at the London Wine Competition, Kellermeister Wines 2015 Wild Witch Shiraz was also ranked the competition’s best Shiraz and best Australian wine. Wines from Australia dominated the show, winning 11 Gold medals and 31 per cent of all medals awarded.

The Wild Witch Shiraz retails for $85 per bottle.

Maxwell Estate – Silver Hammer

The Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz delivers all the hallmarks that make the combination of this variety and the McLaren Vale region so famous.

The palate has an abundance of generous flavours, a rich mouthful with plum, vanilla and complex savoury spices.

These flavours are well balanced and full-bodied with a soft finish.

The Silver Hammer Shiraz retails for $19.99 per bottle.

Paracombe Wines – Adelaide Hills

This vintage’s dark ruby colour accompanies an intense bouquet of cherries, plums, white pepper and spice.

The palate offers generous flavours, layered with rich, spicy fruit, fine
tannin structure and subtle oak.

The Adelaide Hills Shiraz retails for $24.99 per bottle.

Patritti – Merchant Series

Deep purple in colour with a bright violet hue. A powerful nose of plum, blue fruits and black forest cake work with notes of vanillin from the American oak.

The wine is mouth coating and round; rich flavours of plum and raspberry are abundant. Textural tannins provide balance and length to the finish.

Paxton Wines – Quandong Farm 

The shiraz aroma is of raspberry, wild cherry, black olive, floral notes and a delicate dusting of cinnamon and vanilla spice.

The palate boasts a medium-bodied wine with plum, blueberry and cherry fruit characters.

The Quandong Farm Shiraz retails for $24.95 per bottle.

Reillys Wines – Barking Mad

Reilly Wine’s Barking Mad Shiraz is made up of complex layers of blackberry and liquorice with fruity sweetness and spice.

The well-balanced oak gives the wine a toasty, vanillin and full-bodied finish.

The Barking Mad Shiraz retails for $14.99 per bottle.

Salena Estate – #genS

In the sunny heart of the Riverland, sits Salena Estate. A family owned and operated winery.

Notes of luscious ripe dark fruit, mocha and spice. Finishing off with vanilla, toast and liquorice.

They also have a beautiful Italian restaurant, Cucina 837 at Salena Estate, which is one to check out.

The #genS Shiraz retails for $20.00 per bottle.

Seppeltsfield – Barossa Shiraz

Medium to full-bodied, the 2018 Barossa Shiraz displays true Barossa character of dark cherry and plummy fruits, with a medium tannin profile.

The Seppeltsfield Barossa shiraz is bright red with a youthful crimson hue. With an aroma of lifted dark cherry and plum fruit with complex brown spices. With classic Barossa ripeness town, dark fruits and dark chocolate richness. Balanced yet subtle oak, juicy acidity and polished tannins.

Thorn-Clarke – Shotfire

The Thorn-Clarke 2017 Shotfire Shiraz is a rich, voluptuous wine with aromas of blackcurrant and mulberries accompanied by notes of smokey oak and hints of cloves.

The palate boasts dark fruits and chocolate finished by taut tannins and lingering oak.

The Shotfire Shiraz retails for $28.00 per bottle

Vigna Bottin – Compare’s Shiraz

Beautifully Italian, Vigna Bottin’s cellar door is truly a transportation across the world. Their shiraz has a deeply, plummy purple hue in the glass.

It’s intensely nose packed, so give it a good sniff, full of mulberry, plum and dark cherry with some aromatic violet florals.

Wirra Wirra – Catapult

The Wirra Wirra Shiraz is extraordinarily plush with supple tannins and there is nevertheless energy and vibrancy throughout.

The palette promises bright red and blue fruits along with some leaf, earthy notes, pepper and spice.

The Catapult Shiraz retails for $26.00 per bottle.

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