Shiraz and Grenache make good friends. In Australia, these varieties make world class wines when made from our finest fruit. We also make bloody good blends from them, often with a hatful of Mataro thrown in. Here are 6 superlative examples for your consideration.
Two Sisters Barossa Shiraz 2016
97pts Kim Brebach
The 2015 edition was a stunner, earning the following praise from wine writer Kim Brebach: ‘Penfolds would charge $200 for a wine like this. 96++points’ The 2016 is even better, offering intense black and blue fruits, spice and perfectly integrated oak. Brilliant drinking now and over the next 10-15. Brebach scored it a whopping 97 points.
Kilikanoon Meymans Clare Shiraz 2019
95pts Kim Brebach, 95pts Sam Kim
Intense and velvety black and blue fruit here, along with loose leaf black tea and spices. The acid is fantastic, playing the perfect underscore to the fruit and giving this wine excellent lift and length. Tannins are fine and firm. Superb to drink now and for the next decade.
Heirloom Barossa Shiraz 2017
3 x Gold Medals, 95pts James Halliday
This is always in the top handful of the very best when we open up a slew of Shiraz on the tasting bench. No surprise this edition has 3 gold medals and a 95-point score from James Halliday. It is so smooth, polished and rich, offering black and blue fruits, velvety tannins and beautifully subtle oak. Delicious already yet has the legs to cellar for a decade or more.
Through the Tasting Glass Mad Hatter Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2017
95pts Kim Brebach, 94pts Sam Kim
A truly beautiful and fruit driven blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. The Grenache here sings of spice, confected notes, raspberries, rhubarb and sour cherry. The Mataro offers chocolate, brooding brambles and other slightly angry things sourced from dungeons deep. The Shiraz brings blue and black fruits, chocolate and fine, fine tannins. It’s a mad mélange this, one we’ll tip our hat to, whilst asking for it to be filled.
Heirloom Alcala Grenache 2019
2 x Trophies, 2 x Gold Medals, 96pts McLaren Vale Wine Show, 96pts James Halliday, #2 in Halliday’s Grenache Challenge (134 entries)
Selected from Heirloom’s best McLaren Vale vineyard. We saw musk, cherries, earthiness, black pepper, blackberries and more. A delicious, complete, complex yet playful Grenache and clearly one of Australia’s best.
Curtis Limited McLaren Vale Grenache 2018
96pts Sam Kim, 96pts Kim Brebach
Curtis Family Vineyards, a delicious Grenache from 100 year old vines. Plenty of blue fruits here along with a lick of spice and a touch of cedar. Length and intensity are excellent.