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Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Rhône-Style Blends - Australia

There was no way that Australia was going to repeat its performance of last year, when its almost indecent haul of 12 Golds made it one of the categories of the competition. But this was a really good performance again.

With a smaller entry, the ratio of submissions to medals was still impressive – and that bulge of Silvers shows that our tasters had a tough time deciding on their star wines. There are some really good sub-£10 wines in here if you’re looking for <£40 wines on your list.

These wines tend to be naturally big and plush, and our tasters had no problem with that at all. It’s a typicity that’s every bit as valid as Côte-Rôtie, and easy enough to sell to engaged punters.
Just as well, really, since five of our seven Golds were over £30, making this one of the most expensive sections of this year’s competition. Worth considering next time someone plays the ‘Aussie wines are cheap supermarket wines’ card.

Interesting, too, that our superstar wine (and Critics’ Choice winner) was a Grenache. Elegant and pure, it was a classy expression. We’d love to see more of this renascent variety.

From The Tasting Teams

‘From Barossa I was looking for fresh fruit – juicy, with tannins and roundness behind. I found those in the mid-price range. They’d work really well in steak restaurants, as well as with dark chocolate.’ Aurore Anguenot, Aviary

‘The McLaren Vale wines were aimed at gastronomic establishments – they were all in need of food. With such a wide range of prices, most places could find one suited to their clientele.’ Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier

‘When it comes to the more expensive ones your brain chastises you and says you’re not going to like them, and then your mouth says shut up they’re beautiful. They’ve taken fantastic fruit into the winery and not buggered it up.’ Nelio Pinto, Candlesticks

‘I get more and more people asking for Barossa. I’d push people to the more premium end, as that’s where you see more balance and varietal expression.’ Charlie Carter, L’ Atelier Du Vin

‘McLaren Vale is where some of the best Rhône blends come from in Australia – quite a lot of primary fruit, and a spicy, herbal, tea-leaf character. When they’re good they’re as good as any other region.’ Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade

‘Australian wines are not just big, full, rich, intense wines anymore, but here they were. There was lots of clumsy winemaking. It’s a shame.’ Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche

‘Barossa Shiraz is one of the classics of the wine world. It has to be there, and people recognise it.’ Andre Luis Martins, team leader

‘The entry level was decent, but for our list we’d be looking at the mid-range, which we’d put on at around £40. I find them very versatile.’ Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns

‘When these were good they had that really classic jammy, spicy, mocha character that’s quite complex but with really silky tannins as well.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘Grenache is useful if you get the right price, but if you’re competing against Spain and France, these need to come in a bit cheaper.’ Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House

Award winners

Found 35 wines

New World: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre & Rhône Blends, Australia

Dandelion Vineyards, Red Queen of the Eden Valley, Shiraz 2017, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

'An enjoyable, complex wine opening with a fragrant nose of fruit and brambles, along with clove and wood spices, leading to a punchy palate with very pleasant fruit and cracked pepper. Youthful, textured and smooth.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa. 'This has lovely aromatics and a velvety texture, with a touch of hot paprika some green flashes, and great acidity.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK.

£45.80 Liberty Wines

Yering Station, Little Yering, Shiraz/Viognier 2016, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Gold medal winner

'A well-made Australian blend from a cooler area, reflected in this classier style of wine, opening with a vibrant and inviting nose led by lavender and red fruits, leading to gentle sweet oak balanced by some bitter tannins and a bold, dry structure.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'With its blackberries, blackcurrants, and very savoury spice and meaty notes, this is a perfect pairing for venison.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.

£10.07 Bibendum

Dandelion Vineyards, Firehawk Farm, Shiraz 2017, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

'An ambitious wine that's polished and full-bodied, and very concentrated, with chocolate notes and firm tannins.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader. 'Monumental, with some complex savoury, smoky, spicy and earthy notes, and punchy too.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'Fruity and elegant, with good acidity and tannins for food. This is very pleasant, and worthy of the price point.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier.

£37.83 Dandelion Vineyards

Heirloom, Alambra, Shiraz 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

'A wow wine, with the full array of aromas bar none. This is entrancing, with tight tannins, plenty of acidity and super-concentrated, with integrated oak and a focused, fresh finish.' Charlie Young, team leader. 'A ripe, juicy, intense palate full of ripe black fruits and tobacco, mocha, spice and herbal notes, with silky tannins. An expensive bottle, but there's a lot of wine in the glass.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.

£71.57 Heirloom Vineyards

Heirloom, Alcala, Grenache 2019, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

'This is real Grenache. Serious Grenache, with an attitude, and the most phenomenally complex aroma of wild berries, pepper, mushroom, gravel and iron. Depth, intensity and generous structure, with wild strawberries and peppery spice, earthy undertones and brooding tannins.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London. 'Ripe and sumptuous, with richness relieved by peppery notes and fresh acid.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader.

£71.57 Heirloom Vineyards

d'Arenberg, d'Arry's Original, Shiraz/Grenache 2017, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

'A classic, with eucalyptus key to the flavour profile, and lovely fruit, liquorice and mint.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Mineral, complex and refreshing, with pronounced flavours of red berries and plums, as well as some red flowers and fresh acidity.' Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant. 'This is rich in flavour, with some lingering depth.' Michael Moore, The London Cookhouse.

£11.83 Enotria&Coe

Shaw + Smith, Balhannah Vineyard, Shiraz 2016, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

'A strong character and interesting personality, with pungent, herbaceous aromas of forest floor, mushrooms, green pepper and earthy vibes, leading to blackcurrant, liquorice and spices on the palate.' Cinthia Lozano, The Winery Honduras. 'A rich, complex, textural wine with refreshing acidity and dry tannins that needs a bit of time, and some good protein. Classy.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

£37.10 Liberty Wines

Paulett Vineyards, Polish Hill River, Shiraz 2016, Clare Valley, Australia

Silver medal winner

'There's deep and intense ripe fruit here, with a well-structured palate.' Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche. 'Dark fruited, with good texture - this is clean, pure and full.' Charlie Young, team leader. 'An approachable, well-made wine at a competitive price point.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone.

£9.85 Ellis of Richmond

Fire Gully, Shiraz 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'Some good aromas of cherries and plum, with some spices present too, and some oak, all leading to flavours of forest floor, earth, tobacco and coffee, with jammy red berries joined by a subtle hint of herbs and pepper. Bold and structured, this has strong personality and character.' Cinthia Lozano, The Winery Honduras.

£14.55 Jeroboams

Mount Langi Ghiran, Cliff Edge, Shiraz 2017, Victoria, Australia

Silver medal winner

'White and black pepper aromatics join dark and red fruit on the nose, leading to Szechuan pepper, orange and cranberry notes, with some pleasantly lingering acidity.' Carolina W Seibel, Comptoir Cafe and Wine. 'This has ripe dark fruits complemented by some sweet spices.' Erik Simonics, Annabel’s.

£16.50 Bibendum

Dandelion Vineyards, Lioness of McLaren Vale, Shiraz 2018, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'There's good purity to this, and an easy-drinking style, offering good value for the price point.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'Notes of black pepper and ripe black cherries together with a floral, perfumed element and a lovely smoky element, leading to a full-bodied palate.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

£10.62 Liberty Wines

Accolade Wines, Hardys Foodie Shiraz 2017, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'Opening with black fruit, mint and spice, and leading to blackberry and plum fruit on the palate, there's good depth on show here, with plenty of rich herb notes and soft tannins, all leading to a soft finish. This is a good by-the-glass option for a modern restaurant.' Charlie Young, team leader.

£8.59 Matthew Clark

d'Arenberg, The Derelict Vineyard, Grenache 2018, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'Very concentrated and punchy, with forest fruit and a plummy edge, as well as some pepper and a ferrous character too. On the palate the tannins are firm and well-defined, bringing a savoury complexity.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A chewy, succulent red that's a tad rustic with its tannins, giving it character.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader.

£15.62 Enotria&Coe

d'Arenberg, The Laughing Magpie, Shiraz/Viognier 2015, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'There's some spectacular concentration here, with real depth and poise. A very savoury wine that's full of fruit and power, and very juicy on the palate.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'Berry and cherry upfront, with a touch of chocolate alongside bell pepper notes.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier.

£15.37 Enotria&Coe

Accolade Wines, William Hardy, Shiraz 2018, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'Some heady, jammy ripe blue and red fruit lead the nose and palate here, with a lingering, spiced aftertaste.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'Fresh blackcurrant and red plum aromas followed by a herbaceous palate that's fairly concentrated, with a clean and dry finish.' Charlie Young, team leader.

£8.47 Matthew Clark

Willunga 100, Shiraz/Viognier 2018, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'A fresh fruit basket character accompanied by some sweet spices - this is refreshing, intense and well-balanced.' Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant. 'A very rich wine with some creamy forest fruit and lots of oak, all leading to a savoury finish.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£9.60 Liberty Wines

Teusner Wines, Joshua, Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz 2018, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'A full and very generous wine with intense dark fruits, some savoury spices and a hint of menthol too. A full-on wine that's still young, with great potential!' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir. 'A fresh, juicy and very jammy example of a Barossa Valley red.' Aurore Anguenot, Aviary.

£18.67 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bird in Hand, Nest Egg, Shiraz 2014, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'Showing some dark berry notes, this is ripe and fruit-driven with lots of savoury spice notes. Intense and brooding, with a long length.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'This has a very generous nose, with lovely bramble fruit on show, leading to a menthol and cedar finish.' Nelio Pinto, Candlesticks.

£46.60 Lea & Sandeman, East Street Wines

Dandelion Vineyards, Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale, Shiraz/Riesling 2018, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'A lovely, juicy wine with dark fruits and some refreshing acidity. Approachable, and a fun option to have by the glass.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Lovely perfume of floral violet notes and blackberries, and a palate that's juicy and vibrant, with lovely texture, salinity, and good freshness.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

£10.57 Liberty Wines

Dandelion Vineyards, Lionheart of the Barossa, Shiraz 2018, Barossa, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Rich, ripe and luscious red and black fruits on show here, together with some vanilla oak, and a velvety and soft mouthfeel.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. 'This has some dark fruit notes combined with intense notes of spices and dark chocolate.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir.

£10.57 Liberty Wines

Berri Estates, Shiraz 2019, South Eastern Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'There's great character here, with aromas of jammy cherries and strawberries leading to spicy flavours with a touch of liquorice and anise, and with round and smooth tannins.' Cinthia Lozano, The Winery Honduras. 'Sweet fragrant damson notes, and a tart, concentrated finish.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.

£6.32 Matthew Clark

Berton Vineyard, Reserve, Shiraz 2017, Barossa, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Classic aromas of ripe red fruits combined with eucalyptus, leading to fresh green tobacco leaves and some green bell pepper.' Luís Martins, team leader. 'Opening with dark fruit and dark chocolate on the nose, the palate is generous, with some vegetal notes, and refreshing and juicy overall.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir.

£12.33 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Jim Barry Wines, Watervale Single Vineyard, Shiraz 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'A delicious, harmonious wine with fruit and structure in complete balance, and with some savoury notes to complement the juicy fruit, leading to a long finish.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns. 'Complex aromas of sweet spice and redcurrants lead to good grip on the palate, with great focus of freshness to the spicy, grippy dark fruit.' Charlie Young, team leader.

£17.19 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Willunga 100, The Hundred Blewitt Springs, Grenache 2018, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Creamy cassis and morello cherry aromas lead to a well-balanced palate, with fresh acidity and balanced fruit character, and some nice dried herb notes coming through on the finish, along with that creamy cassis character that persists throughout. The tannins are well-integrated too - grippy without being astringent. A bold style, but well executed.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin.

£16.20 Liberty Wines

McHenry Hohnen, Hazel's Vineyard, Grenache/Syrah/Mataro 2018, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Petaluma, B&V Vineyard, Shiraz 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£22.19 Matthew Clark

d'Arenberg, The Footbolt, Shiraz 2017, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£12.02 Enotria&Coe

Accolade, Leasingham Jam Shed Shiraz 2019, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£7.75 Matthew Clark

Shingleback, Red Knot, Shiraz 2017, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£10.79 Matthew Clark

Lake Breeze, Bullant, Shiraz 2017, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Berton Vineyard, Gundagai, Shiraz 2016, New South Wales, Australia

Commended medal winner

Larry Cherubino, Apostrophe, Possessive Red 2018, Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Smalltown Vineyards, The Black Craft, Shiraz 2018, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£8.95 Boutinot

Chaffey Bros Wine Co, Synonymous, Shiraz 2017, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£13.41 Enotria&Coe

Bird in Hand, Shiraz 2018, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

 

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