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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > VARIETAL CLASSICS: Australian Shiraz

Winner Details

Varietal Classics: Australian Shiraz 


2015: Gold 2 Silver 4 Bronze 3 Commended 4
2014: Gold 2 Silver 5 Bronze 2 Commended 3

It might be ever harder to find decent Aussie Shiraz under £8 (so well done to Redheads Studio), but there were few complaints from the teams about the quality here. Whether you wanted classic ‘big and sweet with American oak’ or the ‘New Roo’ style of lighter and spicier, there were good examples to choose from throughout.

FOOTNOTE: The price limit for the Varietal Classics category is £12 ex-VAT. Australian Shiraz can also be entered in the relevant New World Shiraz category.

From the Tasting Teams


‘A brilliant line-up and great value. From £7 to £10 we had great wines which will sit very well on the list. You can see why these are popular, they really deliver so much for the price.’ Roger Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

‘Intriguingly, the more old school wines tended to be at the higher price points.’ Michael Harrison, consultant

‘Big meaty Shirazes are actually a bit limiting in terms of food; the lighter, fresher styles are far more flexible. But both styles should be on a list as both have a following.’ Jonathan Kleeman, The Ritz Hotel

‘You can never go wrong with Shiraz!’ Lukasz Walkowiak, Oxo Tower Restaurant


Award winners

Found 13 wines

Varietal Classics: Australian Shiraz - <£12 ex-VAT

RedHeads, Barrel Monkeys, Shiraz 2013, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

This was a ‘classic’ for all those who encountered it. ‘Toasty plum fruit nose, vanilla and stewed plums on the palate,' said team leader Martin Lam. ‘Bright fruit, elegant and lingering, with soft notes of coconut, cocoa and even sun lotion,’ added Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, while team leader Laura Rhys MS suggested another classic to match it: lamb with rosemary and thyme.

£7.50 Direct Wines Production

Yalumba, Patchwork, Barossa Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

‘Classic, full-throttle Aussie Shiraz,’ declared team leader Martin Lam: ‘Silky, spicy fruit nose, juicy with lots of spice and extract on the palate.’ An enthused Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn added: ‘Hugely intense, fantastic deep vanilla and silky bilberries lingering an age on the palate. Brilliant!’ 'Partner with braised hare, fennel and red cabbage,' said team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£10.15 Negociants

Chapel Hill, Parsons Nose, Shiraz 2013, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘Lots of pepper and spice with succulent, rich tannins and a blackcurranty, rich cassis character to the palate, in jammy style,’ said Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel. ‘Great balance, with amazing fruit and juicy tannins,’ added La Petite Maison’s Andrea Fasan.

£9.59 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Langmeil, Valley Floor, Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘Deep, extracted style with some brett on the nose, firm body and structure, with grippy tannins and spice notes. Give it some time,’ said consultant Michael Harrison. ‘Broad-shouldered and slim-waisted, with a peppery edge,’ added team leader Simon Woods.

£11.80 Berkmann Wine Cellars

The Colonial Estate, Explorateur, Old Vine Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘A more restrained style,’ began Lukasz Walkowiak of Oxo Tower Restaurant, with Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn continuing: ‘Clean, fresh, delicate, more Syrah than Shiraz. Soft fruit on a silky finish. Stunning value.’

£9.67 Bibendum

Dandelion Vineyards, Lionheart of the Barossa, Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

Team leader Martin Lam found this a ‘very drinkable’ wine, adding: ‘Vanilla plum compote, dark, chocolatey and balanced.’ ‘A blockbuster that needs decanting,’ agreed Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn: ‘Lots of fruit, but integrated and drinks well.’

£9.50 Liberty Wines

Château Tanunda, Barossa Valley Vineyards, Shiraz 2011, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Clean, fresh and juicy, with good honest, balanced tannin on a juicy palate,’ began team leader Simon Woods, adding: ‘Very tasty, has the earthy pepper and refined edge, but still has weight.’

£9.42 Bibendum

Rathbone, Mount Langi Ghiran, Billi Billi, Shiraz 2011, Grampians, Victoria, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Herby and restrained, with wild berry aromas and a classic palate, juicy and herbal, plus good persistence,’ said Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison. ‘Peppery nose with ripe fruit and liquorice notes on the palate,’ added consultant Michael Harrison.

£8.54 Bibendum

Heirloom Vineyards, McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Restrained coconut and vanilla style; lots happening with damsons and plums; herbaceous notes on an evolving palate,’ said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. ‘Definition and poise,’ added team leader Martin Lam.

£9.00 Liberty Wines

Grant Burge, Boomerang Bay, Shiraz 2013, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£7.00

Brown Brothers, 18 Eighty Nine, Shiraz 2012, Victoria , Australia

Commended medal winner

£7.17 Bibendum

Dandelion Vineyards, Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale, Shiraz/Riesling 2012, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£9.50 Liberty Wines

Dandelion Vineyards, Lioness of McLaren Vale, Shiraz 2013, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£9.50 Liberty Wines

 

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