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 Wines By KT 5452 Shiraz
2019 Sylvain Gauthier Domaine des Pierres Seches Syrah
2019 Standish The Standish Shiraz
2019 Standish The Relic Shiraz-Viognier
2019 Spinifex Miette Shiraz
2019 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier
2019 Head Wines Head Red Shiraz
2018 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz
2018 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 2 (Shiraz Blend)
2018 Sutton Grange Fairbank Syrah
2018 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz
2018 Monopole by Bress Shiraz
2018 Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz
2018 Devil’s Cave Vineyard Shiraz
2017 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz
2017 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 2 (Shiraz Blend)
2017 Rocky Gully Shiraz
2017 Bird on a Wire Syrah
2016 Clape Cornas
2014 The Islander Reserve Bark Hut Road
2005 Redesdale Estate Shiraz