Whether in the Valleys of Hunter and Barossa, or newish outposts like Canberra, Australia has a rightful claim to Shiraz as its very own grape. Streaks ahead of other wine grape plantings and found in every Aussie region, it’s capable of an amazing diversity of styles. It classic calling cards are intense, richly fruited red wines, glass staining and purple-tinged with supple tannins. The French know this grape as Syrah, and its genesis is in the Northern Rhône valley where it takes a lead. Down in the Mediterranean south, it plays supporting actor with Grenache and a host of other friends.

Up north, look for names like Côte Rôtie, Saint Joseph, Hermitage and Cornas for fragrant, gravelly, lavender perfumed wines with notes of pepper, pungent black olives and barbecued meats.

If you’re south of the border, the pinnacles are in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Lirac, the great values in Côtes-du-Rhône and Ventoux.

2019 Nick Spencer Medium Dry Red
2018 Sutton Grange Fairbank Syrah
2018 Standish The Standish Shiraz
2018 Standish The Schubert Theorem Shiraz
2018 Standish The Relic Shiraz-Viognier
2018 Standish Andelmonde Shiraz
2018 Place of Changing Winds Syrah NO.2
2018 Monopole by Bress Shiraz
2018 Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock Shiraz/Cab Franc
2017 Rocky Gully Shiraz
2017 Penfolds RWT Bin 798
2017 Luke Lambert Syrah
2017 Devil’s Cave Vineyard Shiraz
2016 Craiglee JADV Shiraz
2016 Clape Cornas
2014 The Islander Reserve Bark Hut Road
2014 Moppity Vineyards Escalier Shiraz Viognier
2005 Redesdale Estate Shiraz