At least one-fifth of all the Aussie wines that comes through my tasting-room are shiraz, or blends based on shiraz.
It’s not my choice: it’s just the way the Australian wine industry – and, happily, the market is. It would be a chore if there weren’t so many exciting wines among them.
I’ve uploaded more than 90 shiraz reviews this month, and while the usual suspects have done well (eg. Peter Lehmann – tasting, Teusner – tastings, Wirra Wirra – tastings, Elderton – tastings) there are some seriously exciting newer wines you should know about.
Yarra Valley-based Jamsheed (tastings) has five single region 2012 shirazes, from Great Western, Yarra Valley (two), Pyrenees and Beechworth. Other highlights are Alex Head’s 2012 Barossa shirazes (tastings) under various labels led by The Blond and The Brunette (his nod to Cote Rotie); Kilikanoon (tastings), with a welter of impressive shirazes which are leading the way for prices in the Clare Valley, capped by the $245 Attunga 2010 (96 pts – tasting) and $128 Crowhurst 2010 (95 pts – tasting); also a row of spicy, cool-climate lovelies from Tarrawarra (tastings), Clonakilla (tastings), Mount Avoca (tastings) and Punt Road (tasting).
No less than 25 wines scored 93 points and above. The styles are many and varied, in line with seasonal and regional variations. I commend them to you.