If shiraz brings spice to your life, Victoria is the place to go. Officially there are 21 Geographical Indication (GI) Regions just pipping South Australia’s 18. The climatic spread is wide, as are rainfall patterns. Shiraz is well placed to reflect this range of environments, as it’s flexible, not particularly choosy about where it’s planted and can deliver wines of high quality regardless.

Our regular tasters on this occasion were writer and educator Peter Bourne, sommelier and restaurateur Sophie Otton, wine judge and writer Toni Paterson MW and me, winemaking consultant Nick Bulleid MW. Stuart Knox, the restaurateur/sommelier at Fix St James, and educator Andrea Pritzker MW from Wine inTuition in Sydney joined us. Fortunately, we were able to assemble in person, but with suitable distance, before the coronavirus constraints arrived. We tasted the wines in descending order of age, in groups of about 10 and grouped by region but without these being known to us until we learned the wines’ identities at the end of each flight.

We found high-quality wines from almost every region represented. Many showed shared characteristics within their region, but the consistency was blurred by the diversity of terroir within region and picking or winemaking decisions.

Our top picks were offerings from Heathcote, Yarra, Nagambie Lakes and the Grampians.
Our top picks were offerings from Heathcote, Yarra, Nagambie Lakes and the Grampians.

Beechworth

With a range of altitudes, you’d expect Beechworth’s shiraz wines to vary stylistically, and they do. You could think of this as a warm region but tending distinctly cooler at high altitude. Expect fuller bodied wines from lower sites and tauter, more finely structured examples with black pepper notes at height.

2018 Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard (A$66) appealed to Otton, who wrote, “A sleek nose. Fragrant red fruit profile. Red pastille, bay leaf. Well made and sleekly fresh.” Paterson added, “Bright and spicy. Great complexity and depth. Sweet fruit balanced by earthy tones. The mid-palate is supple and bright.”

2017 Fighting Gully Road Syrah (A$85) won top points from Knox. “Lifted white pepper over fresh red fruits. Drives deep and long. Bright fresh herbs interplay with plum and blueberry fruits. Touch of wet stone complexity. Vibrant and fresh.” I loved its marriage of sweet and savoury – black cherry and pepper – and the way firm tannins and acidity provided structure. The wine will readily take bottle-age.

2017 Giaconda Estate Vineyard Shiraz (A$84) shows fresh, perfumed red and dark berries with a distinct overlay of oak. The wine nevertheless has suppleness, oak again noticeable, but not intruding on the balance. Pritzker, told us, “A fragrant spicy bouquet of blackberry and blueberry with hints of jasmine and blackberry leaf. Fresh and vibrant offering a floral-tinged core of bright, freshly picked blueberry lingering through to the savoury, floral finish.”

2018 Star Lane Shiraz (A$60) gained full marks from Bourne. “Juicy perfumes of red cherry, raspberry and sarsaparilla. The palate is tight and bright, the flavours clean and precise. Acid plays a big role, driving the wine to a lean, long finale.” I found hints of green herbs adding freshness to the cedary development. Depth of flavour and fine tannins complete the picture.

2018 Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Thorley Shiraz (A$40) prompted restaurateur inspiration from Knox, who noted, “Bruised plums on nose. Dark fruits invade the palate with boudin noir notes and aniseed spices. Brooding and coiled. Will reward patience.” The wine carries its depth of blackberry fruit in a finely structured palate and it finishes freshly.

2017 Oakdene William Shiraz (A$43) is showing attractive development, which has brought a savoury bouquet of leather and chocolate. Pritzker found, “A stemmy, savoury bouquet with hints of rose petal and blackberry. Medium bodied, offering layers of complexity.” Paterson added, “An assertive wine with dark fruit characters. Strong black pepper flavours.” Acidity brings drive to the palate and, while there’s an intriguing combination of flavours now, Pritzker added that it, “needs time to unfurl”.

Bendigo

Bendigo is a large region with a continental climate derived from its inland location. It rises from the lower, warmer levels south of the Murray River to higher country in the east where it briefly shares a border with the Macedon Ranges subregion.

2017 Sutton Grange Estate Syrah (A$50) shows black cherry, spices and oak on the nose, with a suggestion of licorice. A firm backbone of tannins gives structure but there’s enough fruit to match it. Bourne agreed: “Ripe plums, mulberries and fresh blackcurrants backed by a solid frame of oak. There’s plenty of power and drive to the finish. Deserves a few more years.”

2018 Passing Clouds Bendigo Shiraz (A$34) has a complex nose, showing dark fruits and charcuterie. It’s full-bodied, plump and round in the mouth, with plenty of soft tannin and finishes with distinct warmth. Knox noted, “Roasted spices over dark berry fruits. Blood and stone, mocha and plum. Weighted and intense but enough tannin to keep the flow and focus. Long palate.”

Shiraz is a great grape for a variety  of regions because it’s flexible and not prone to fussiness.
Shiraz is a great grape for a variety of regions because it’s flexible and not prone to fussiness.

Geelong

Geelong has a cool, moderately maritime climate, yet has distinctly drier summers than the Yarra Valley and Mornington. This brings more generous flavours to all its wines, including shiraz, which combines sweet berry fruits and savoury complexity.

2018 Clyde Park Shiraz (A$40) showed concentrated blackberry and plum on the nose. The palate has rich plum flavours and good length. I found the tannins distinct, but very even, while Pritzker thought them “clunky”. Otton told us, “Rich and beautifully made. Dark fruits – mulberry and raspberry – and panforte and lavender. Deep-set flavours, judiciously ripe.”

2018 Farr Rising Shiraz (A$48) brought very even points across the panel. Bourne said, “Lots of dark fruits here – mulberry, blackberries and plums with licorice and mocha chocolate. Sleek oak frames the palate, adding thrust and drive to the uber-concentrated finish.” I saw more red fruits, with nutmeg from oak. It’s supple, with good depth of flavour, balanced tannins and fresh acidity. Delicious.

2017 Scotchmans Hill Shiraz (A$42) is concentrated, with dark fruits, plum and black olive. Oak brings a charry overtone. The palate’s plump, with plenty of body, yet finishes with fine, even tannins. Knox noted, “Iodine, oyster brine over blackcurrant fruits. Very rich and intense fruits open the palate, rolling into a similar intensity of aniseed and sweet wood spices, cedar and smoke. Weighty and powerful but holding it all together.”

2017 By Farr Shiraz (A$69) brought the kitchen to mind again for Knox, who noted, “Plums with a sprinkle of forest floor. Tapenade, fresh green herbs and black pepper give layers of character. Fine tannins, and bright acid provide tension and drive. Good length and fully integrated finish.” I found red berries and spicy oak, too, and while there’s complexity from development appearing, the wine still shows freshness. Ready, but has potential still.

Grampians

This region has a long history of excellent wines. It’s distinctly shiraz country, with the variety representing 77% of production. It has a cool, sunny, continental climate which produces medium-bodied shiraz with surprisingly generous flavours. Red berries and pepper abound in wines with fine, even tannins. Over the years, many have aged brilliantly.

2017 ATR Wines Hard Hill Road Close-Planted Shiraz (A$45) is a real mouthful. Dark fruits, herbal perfume and oak mingle on the nose, while the flavours reminded me of Black Forest cake – cherry, sweetness and chocolate. Bourne thought it more red-fruited: “Raspberry, pomegranate, cherries and plums dominate the nose. The palate is high-toned and acid-etched with a nice, edgy finale.” Paterson thought the oak prominent. There’s good concentration, and firm tannins. It will age well.

2017 Best’s Great Western Bin 0 Shiraz (A$85) has an aromatic nose, with sweet red and black fruits and a touch of cedar from oak. While just medium bodied, it’s rich and plump in the mouth with wonderful presence. Otton found, “Charcuterie, pot pourri and red plum. Bold, but good balance.” A Victorian classic.

2017 Best’s Great Western LSV Shiraz (A$35) is a new wine made from the Ludvigsen Shiraz Viognier vineyard, and what a debut. Knox loved it, saying, “Dark fruits with some damp undergrowth notes. Savoury veg stock, bay leaf and green herbs, with white pepper and crushed blood plums. Hints of charcuterie. Good length with supple tannins controlling the flow.” Viognier’s influence shows in the subtle perfume and slippery line through the mouth. The overall balance is impeccable.

2017 Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz (A$27) appealed strongly to Bourne. “Bright aromatics of pomegranate, red cherries and fresh raspberries”, he began. “Crunchy palate with lots of buoyant fruits – the same red fruits of the nose repeated. There’s plenty of zest and spice to lift the finish.” I found black cherry, too. Fleshy in the mouth, with flavours that show more savoury notes as they carry. The tannins are dry, yet balanced.

2017 Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz (A$80) is a near neighbour of the Best’s wines, and shows similar richness and finesse. Dark cherries and blackcurrants combine on the nose with oak spices, while the palate has superb suppleness and line. Pritzker wrote, “A fragrant bouquet of mulberry and blackberry leaf unfolds to reveal a juicy, bright core of cranberry and blackberry with hints of white flowers and charcuterie. Taut in structure with fine tannins and great acid drive offering freshness and elegance.”

Heathcote

Shiraz is responsible for about half of Heathcote’s production, well ahead of chardonnay. The warm climate is a reflection of its position, sandwiched between Bendigo and Goulburn Valley in the north, but cooler where its southern border abuts the Macedon Ranges. Spicy, peppery notes are sprinkled through the ripe berry and plum flavours.

2018 Demi by Syrahmi (A$27) was one of my top pointers. It’s highly aromatic, with raspberry and redcurrant characters on the nose, good flesh in the mouth, and supple, herbal suggestions of whole bunches. Fine tannins follow suit and there’s very good length. Pritzker thought it “very ripe, stewed and short”. Knox saw it differently again, but agreed with my rating, writing, “Undergrowth and black fruits with a sprinkling of white pepper. Olive tapenade drives the palate whilst veggie broth and spice notes add layers. Good length.”

2016 Heathcote Estate Block C Shiraz (A$60) received top marks from Otton. “Black cherry, blackberry and cassis,” she told us. “Quite savoury, too, with black peppery undertones. A solid palate, with coffee bean and dark chocolate.” I also saw the dark fruits and chocolate, but thought the wine very unevolved, as confirmed by the purple shade and firm tannins. Please give it time in the decanter or cellar to open up.

2017 Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz (A$45) is not what some would recognise as a Heathcote wine, yet it was one of my tops. This example is all about finesse, suppleness and length, with flavour in no way compromised. I loved the black cherry aromas, the waft of whole bunch and the light stem tannin that adds a brisk crunch. Knox agreed, writing, “The palate has vibrant blue fruits, fresh green herbs and dried bay leaf. Good acid line keeps it fresh and vibrant whilst well-integrated tannins frame the flow to give line and length.”

2017 Mitchelton Estate Grown Shiraz (A$40) shows good depth of red plums and cigar box from oak on the nose. Darker fruits emerge in the mouth, again with oak, and the flavours are rich and generous. Bourne wrote, “A smoky/spicy bouquet of black fruits – plums, boysenberries and mulberries – with fresh cedar wood in the background. The tannins are quite stern but there’s ample fruit in support. Needs some time.”

2017 Seppelt Mt Ida Shiraz (A$55) was in great form, thought Otton. “A lithe wine”, she told us. “Dewy freshness, red fruits and blackberry compote. Forest-floor complexity, with a hint of bracken, yet still fresh.” That freshness appealed to me, too. The wine starts quite supplely in the mouth before a crunch of acidity and dry, balanced tannins. It’s drinking well and will age beautifully.

2018 Tar & Roses The Rose Shiraz (A$60) had strong, all-round support. It shows rich, ripe blackberry aromas with excellent oak integration. The palate’s on the full side of medium, with plenty of dark fruit flavours. Paterson thought it, “A linear style, though it has excellent fruit integrity. I enjoy the suppleness of the palate and its seamless continuity plus the density of fruit flavour. Appealing chocolatey richness on the close.”

2017 Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz (A$35) has fresh, perfumed, aromas of raspberry, which follow through to a youthful palate. I thought the acidity and tannins were on the brisk side, but all is nicely balanced. Pritzker noted, “A fragrant bouquet of sun-warmed forest berries. Bright, juicy and fresh with excellent intensity and vibrancy.” Paterson added: “A hint of charcuterie.”

Mornington Peninsula

Bearing in mind its small size, Mornington has an extraordinary number of wineries with quality overall high. This is a highly maritime climate. Shiraz is a minor player here – the typical wine being medium bodied, finely structured and showing savoury, peppery notes.

2017 Scorpo Shiraz (A$45) appealed to Paterson, who noted, “Stylish and discreet fruit with a high-toned black pepper overlay. The distinctly savoury palate has notes of roasted meat and bay leaf.” I noted white pepper, too, with red fruits and cedary oak. It’s medium bodied, with a light cut of dry tannin on the finish.

2018 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Syrah (A$36) combines black cherry aromas with oak spices and a subtle touch of whole-bunch fragrance. There’s supple flesh on the palate with plenty of balanced tannin. Pritzker told us, “Opens with spicy cracked black pepper and bright notes of freshly picked blackberries. Plush and open with lovely freshness and vibrancy offering attractive fruit purity and peppery complexity. Elegant and
beautifully balanced.”

Nagambie Lakes

Most vineyards in the Goulburn Valley region cluster in the Nagambie Lakes subregion. Here, the climate is warm and moderately continental, with shiraz, at around 23%, the most important grape in a wide sweep of varieties. The wines here are generally medium to full bodied, with rich flavours and plenty of soft tannin.

2015 Mitchelton Print Series Shiraz (A$80) still shows fresh red berries, sweet fruit and spices, although complexity is building. Paterson thought, “At five years of age, this wine is drinking well. It has impressive brightness and the palate has lovely softness and balance. Good mid-palate fleshiness with cherry and cranberry flavours, plus warming chocolate tones.”

2013 Tahbilk 1860’s Vines Shiraz (A$350) found all-round support, with Otton leading. “A balance of age and youth”, she told us. “Complex. Perfumed, pot pourri, strawberry. Leather and dried leaves, mellowing. Quite full, but there’s harmony. It’s pacing itself nicely.” I loved its rich flavours of sweet, red fruits and forest-floor overtones. Mouth-coating, fine tannins contribute to an excellent balance. There are many years in this yet.

2017 Tudor Central Victoria Shiraz (A$13) is parked here partly for convenience, partly for the location of the winemaker herself. It is a most extraordinary bargain. Paterson thought it, “A youthful shiraz, quite taut and compact, with vibrant raspberry, mulberry and dark cherry flavours. There is a good vein of freshness alongside the intense fruit flavours. It has both richness and freshness.” She gave it top points, too. This is a very fragrant wine, combining black pepper, red and black fruits, and hints of dried herbs. Savoury, dry tannins keep it all in check.

Shiraz makes up about one-third of production in the Pyrenees region.
Shiraz makes up about one-third of production in the Pyrenees region.

Pyrenees

Pyrenees is a warm region, with many vineyards clustered on the slopes at the southern end of the Pyrenees and St Arnaud ranges. Shiraz, which accounts for about one-third of the region’s production, is typically medium bodied, with berry and savoury, herbal flavours that sometimes show a hint of eucalyptus.

2018 Black & Ginger Shiraz (A$36) delighted Paterson, who thought it, “A stylish and complex wine with a good core of dark fruit plus accents of tar and licorice. The acidity is bright and balanced. The wine has such great flavour without being overly heavy.” I liked the combination of red fruits with charcuterie suggestions and smoky oak. The supple palate has plenty of soft tannin, contributing great drinkability.

2016 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Lieu-Dit Malakoff Shiraz (A$40) stood out for its rich, yet savoury bouquet, with red fruits and a hint of camphor. There are also suggestions of caraway and fennel seed to accompany the sweet fruit. Knox saw savoury too, saying, “Vibrant plums, touch of thyme. Floral notes, violets and roses with blueberry fruits. A bright, fresh acid line. Secondary aromas of cured meats and white pepper. Great length and line.” There’s a pleasing elegance to the balance, too.

2017 Glenlofty Single Vineyard Shiraz (A$50) is a very savoury expression of shiraz. Otton loved it: “It’s fresh and fragrant, with black pepper on the nose. Well-knit, supple palate, not too light or loose. Slate, briar and savoury flavours, with lovely spice.” While the nose shows concentrated, sweet blackberry aromas, in the mouth it’s all structure, with dry, somewhat chunky tannins. This would sit well with the right food and clearly has some years in it.

2018 Mitchell Harris Peerick Vineyard Shiraz Terlato (A$35) also appealed to Otton, who noted, “Aromatic spices. A good, flowing, balanced, palate. Cranberry, raspberry, oak and eucalyptus.” My comments on the flavours were almost identical. I would have liked a more length but admired the fine tannin balance.

2018 Mount Avoca Estate Old Vine Shiraz (A$38) has a very dark purple colour, which fits with its dense, dark plum aromas. There’s very good depth on the palate, with a plump middle, plenty of dark berry flavour and a hint of chocolate. Pritzker told us, “A blueberry confit-scented bouquet unfolds to reveal a bright, juicy core of ripe blue fruits, supported by plush tannins. Finishes long and juicy. Fresh and inviting.”

2016 SubRosa Malakoff Estate Pyrenees Shiraz (A$45) found an admirer in Pritzker. “A beguiling bouquet of sun-warmed blackberries”, she began. “Vibrant and fresh, with great energy, acid drive and blueberry fruit purity. Buoyant and lithe.” I loved its fresh flavours and graceful balance. The light tannin astringency is beautifully balanced by a little warmth to the finish and there’s good length.

2017 Taltarni Old Vine Estate Shiraz (A$45) impressed me. Sweet black cherries and hints of pepper combine on its youthful nose. The flavours are concentrated, yet there’s good flesh and plenty of fine tannin. Paterson was also impressed, describing it thus: “A weighty shiraz with excellent plush fruit and velvety tannins. There is a mix of dark and red fruits, as well as appealing chocolatey richness on the close.” The wine’s fresh for a three-year-old and will develop well for several years.

Yarra Valley shiraz is typically supple with fine tannins.
Yarra Valley shiraz is typically supple with fine tannins.

Yarra Valley

Although overall cool, the central valley, like other regions, is now distinctly warmer than in the early years of the Yarra’s rebirth, giving shiraz more consistent ripening. The northern and eastern branches of the GI remain distinctly cooler. Shiraz wines are typically medium bodied, supple and with fine tannins. Flavours combine cherry, red berries and sometimes darker fruits, often with overtones of black pepper and herbs.

2015 Coldstream Hills Reserve Shiraz (A$45) impressed Knox, who found some exotic descriptors. “Kelp and bresaola”, he began. “Deep and dark fruits, brooding and coiled. Still primary, with bracketing tannins and high line of acid keeping the palate flowing long. There’s tapenade and hints of cola spice adding layers. Big but compelling.” It’s a highly complex wine, with cedary development adding further to dark berry, chocolate and black olive flavours. This is all matched by plenty of firm tannins. It needs flavoursome food and will age further.

2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah (A$50) started a bit closed on the nose, although there was dense, dark berry fruit and spicy oak smouldering and waiting to break out. Pritzker noted, “A beautiful bouquet of just-picked blackberries with hints of jasmine, nutmeg and cedar. Plush and pure-fruited, showing bright blueberry fruit in an elegant, mid-weight frame. Finishes long and persistent. Drinking well now, but well worth tucking away in the cellar for a few years if you can resist.”

2017 Levantine Hill Syrah ($A80) impressed us all. Pritzker was the first to speak, describing, “A lifted bouquet of mulberry and freshly cracked black pepper. The vibrant mulberry flows across the palate supported by supple silky tannins. Hints of cedar add complexity. Seamless, fruit-pure and elegant, offering beautiful balance and a long finish.” Paterson added, “The flavours give the peacock’s tail.” I admired the light touch as it danced across the palate, and yet there’s intensity.

2019 Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz (A$32) received universal support. Bourne spoke up, telling us, “Upbeat aromas of damson plums, boysenberries and clove, with a whiff of whole-bunch woodsmoke. Vibrant flavours of red fruits and savoury spices with silken tannins defining the finish. A nice drink.” This has the supple, fleshy mid-palate of many wines made with whole berries and stalks. I liked the nice stemmy crunch and refreshing acidity. Great value, too.

2019 Soumah Hexham Vineyard Syrah (A$40) has plenty of red and dark berries with oak spices in the aroma. The palate’s lush and juicy, with just medium body but some depth. Otton found, “Purity, forest notes and crushed berries. Needs time to expand. Fine tannins and forest complexity on the finish.”

2019 Timo Mayer Syrah (A$59) found Paterson enthusiastic. “A simply gorgeous wine crafted from very fine fruit,” she began. “The aroma is vibrant and perfumed with crushed raspberry and mulberry notes, plus a whisper of licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with exceptional purity. Overall, the wine has good depth in an elegant frame.” I liked the combination of sweet with savoury flavours and the nice touch of nutmeg from oak. The tannins are fine and nicely balanced.

2016 Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2 (A$125) prompted Bourne to exclaim, “Wow, there’s a lot happening here! An abundance of red fruits (the usual suspects redcurrants and raspberries) plus hints of spearmint, pink peppercorns and allspice. Oak plays a role with a fine veneer of tannins aiding the long-lasting finish. A very stylish shiraz.” The depth of flavour and balance are excellent and bottle-age is beginning to add further complexity. It will do so for a while yet.

2016 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz ($A130) won top marks from Paterson, who said, “The wine presents with a complete and complex aroma. The palate is weighty and rounded, with good freshness and balance. Nuances of chocolate, roasted beetroot and stewed plums. Delicious and satisfying.” I admired its beautiful combination of red and dark fruits with sympathetic cedary oak. The line through the mouth is polished and the tannins fine.

2017 Yering Station SV Laura Barnes Shiraz (A$70) was, for Bourne, “A taut, understated shiraz with raspberries and redcurrants. There’s lots of spice – star anise and Szechuan pepper – with a vibrant palate tinged with sweet oak.” That tautness was for me the dry, chalky edge to the tannins, which gives the wine tension, yet I found considerable flavour to match.

2017 Yeringberg Shiraz (A$88) dances lightly, but has intense raspberry flavours, freshness and complementary oak. Otton found, “Lots of red fruits, like redcurrant. Alpine, sappy freshness. Prosciutto, mountain herbs, pink pepper.” A distinct grip of tannin dries the finish, but the fresh flavours linger well. Don’t be deceived by the wine’s elegance, almost delicacy. Yeringberg reds can develop over many years.

Top Victorian Shiraz

★★★★★
96 2018 Tar & Roses The Rose Shiraz, A$60
96 2017 Levantine Hill Syrah, A$80
96 2016 Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2, A$125
95 2017 Best’s Great Western LSV, A$35
95 2013 Tahbilk 1860’s Vines Shiraz, A$350

★★★★
94 2017 Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz, A$45
94 2016 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz, A$130
94 2018 Brokenwood Indigo, A$66
93 2017 Fighting Gully Road Syrah, A$85
93 2018 Mount Avoca Old Vine Shiraz, A$38
93 2017 Tudor Central Victoria Shiraz, A$13
93 2017 Scotchmans Hill Shiraz, A$42
92 2019 Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz, A$32
92 2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah, A$50
92 2018 Schmölzer & Brown Thorley Shiraz, A$40
92 2018 Farr Rising Shiraz, A$48
92 2018 Clyde Park Shiraz, A$40
91 2017 Giaconda Estate Vineyard Shiraz, A$84
91 2017 Taltarni Old Vine Estate Shiraz, A$45
91 2017 Seppelt Mt Ida Shiraz, A$55
91 2017 Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz, A$80
91 2015 Mitchelton Print Series Shiraz, A$80
91 2019 Soumah Hexham Vineyard Syrah, A$40
91 2018 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Syrah, A$36
91 2018 Star Lane, A$60
91 2018 Demi by Syrahmi, A$27
91 2017 Glenlofty Single Block Shiraz, A$50
91 2017 Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz, A$35
91 2017 Best’s Great Western Bin 0, A$85
91 2016 SubRosa Malakoff Estate Pyrenees Shiraz, A$45
90 2018 Black & Ginger Shiraz, A$36
90 2017 Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz, A$27
90 2017 ATR Wines Hard Hill Road Close-Planted Shiraz, A$45
90 2017 Yeringberg Shiraz, A$88
90 2016 Dme Terlato & Chapoutier Lieu-Dit Malakoff, A$40
90 2017 By Farr Shiraz, A$69
90 2015 Coldstream Hills Reserve Shiraz, A$45

★★★
89 2017 Yering Station SV Laura Barnes Shiraz, A$70
89 2017 Mitchelton Estate Grown Shiraz, A$40
89 2017 Sutton Grange Estate Syrah, A$50
89 2017 Oakdene William Shiraz, A$43
89 2017 Scorpo Shiraz, A$45
89 2019 Timo Mayer Mayer Syrah, A$59
89 2018 Mitchell Harris Peerick Shiraz, A$35
89 2018 Passing Clouds Shiraz, A$34
89 2016 Heathcote Estate Block C Shiraz, A$60