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  1. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2013
    Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2013

    According to the Guigal's, the 2013 Cote Rotie La Turque has a similar level of dry extract to the 2010 (after that, the 2012, followed by the 2011). Inky purple in color, with masculine notes of crushed rock, cracked pepper, bacon fat, scorched earth and concentrated dark fruits, it has a stacked mid-palate, but is certainly holding things closer to the vest than either the 2011 or 2012. It has a classic style and I suspect will require a decade of cellaring to become approachable. (98) JEB DUNNUCK

    2013
    shiraz
    France
    467
  2. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2016
    Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2016
    Inky magenta. Candied cherry, blackcurrant, exotic spices, violet oil and a hint of olive on the powerfully scented nose. Velvety, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining, mineral-laced black/blue fruit preserve, floral pastille, smoky bacon and spicecake flavors that open up steadily on the back half. Displays sharp delineation and a resonating floral note on a strikingly long finish that's framed by plush, rounded tannins. (97) JOSH RAYNOLDS

    The 2016 Cote Rôtie Lads Turque is another amazing wine. This early in its élévage, it’s showing hints of vanilla and pencil shavings, but those underscore sexy, seductive notes of raspberries and spice, then add darker notes of grilled beef and espresso. This silky, immensely attractive wine could challenge the potentially perfect 2015 in another year or two. (97 -99) JOE CZERWINSKI
    2016
    shiraz
    France
    467
  3. Coursodon St Joseph Sensonne 2018
    Coursodon St Joseph Sensonne 2018

    Saturated ruby. Heady, oak-spiced dark berry, cherry cola and floral pastille scents show outstanding clarity and pick up a smoky mineral nuance with air. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering intense bitter cherry, blueberry and mocha flavors that are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes sweet, broad and extremely long, with an echo of candied violet and smooth, well-knit tannins. 100% new oak. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous

    2018
    shiraz
    France
    467
  4. Frankland Estate Smith Cullam Syrah 2019
    Frankland Estate Smith Cullam Syrah 2019

     Top of the tree Frankland Estate wine.

    Soft, gentle, detailed red of spice, savouriness and very pure feeling and unadorned fruit character. Has some pretty sweetness balanced nicely by fresh acidity, a good deal of fruit concentration, and a general sense of elegance comes to mind. Bright finish, a little crunchy, says hold off drinking for a year or so. Excellent wine. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

    2019
    shiraz
    Australia
    400
  5. Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cotes du Rhone 2020
    Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cotes du Rhone 2020
    Rive Droite Rive Gauche simply means right bank, left bank and the name derives from fruit for the wine being sourced from both sides of the river - the grenache coming mainly from the left (gauche) and the Syrah from the village of Daumazan (on the rive droite), near Tavel. It is also a French film starring the rotund wine-nut actor Gerard Depardieu - fun fact!

    This is a lovely fresh and crunchy styled Rhone from our friends at Rive Droite. There is touch of thyme and bay over red spiced fruits, layered with a little bit of red liquorice. This is a medium bodied rendition with a pure core of raspberry, wild strawberry and splash of black berry fruit in the mix. Its lithe with a lovely fresh cut to the sweet fruits that makes this look wonderfully elegant and damn easy to like.

    2020
    Grenache, shiraz
    France
    467
  6. Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2017 375ml
    Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2017 375ml

    It’s from such an unusual/cold/late season that shiraz was picked four weeks later than average.

    It’s a peppery, twiggy, bunchy shiraz. It smells, feels and tastes like the result of a cool season. This wine will split drinkers down the middle. It’s smoky, herbal, berried, smooth-skinned and stringy at once. It both walks the tightrope and is one. There are menthol, alpine herb, walnut and peppercorn characters here in abundance. There are also substantial ropes of well-placed tannin. It’s a medium-bodied wine with a great deal to say. CAMMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    What can we say about this wonderful producer? Nothing that hasn't already been said. The consistency and quality is really quite astonishing and with Adama Wadawitz at the winemaking helm this a trend that will continue its upward trajectory. Their secret has been to continually improve and tweak the operations and that shows in every bottle. One of Australia's great estates. PWS

    2017
    shiraz
    Australia
    340
  7. Nick Spencer Gundagai Light Dry Red Blend 2021
    Nick Spencer Gundagai Light Dry Red Blend 2021

    No, this is not just another "Light Dry Red" playing to the recent fads but a serious nod to the 'Burgundies' of the 50's 60's and 70's which Nick Spencer is paying homage to. These were classic light-bodied Shiraz and Shiraz/ Pinot blends that emerged from the Hunter and are highly sort after now. They are back in fashion and tasting this it's not hard to understand why.

    The style can be a little hit or miss and getting that combo of pinot and shiraz just right is critical, which Nick has done a brilliant job of here. A touch of sour cherry, cranberry and strawberries that plays off broodier black currant and blackberry fruit swirling around in the background. It's served on a palate that is crunchy and vibrant with lovely fine structure and soft melting tannins. Great poise between the fruit and other elements and while this is wonderfully easy to enjoy there is a plenty going on here that belies the seriousness of the wine.

    While its ready to go now and easy to love if you put a couple of bottles away for just a couple of years or so I think you would be a very happy camper!

    2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon, shiraz, tempranillo, Touriga
    Australia
    494
  8. Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage Le Rouvre 2020
    Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage Le Rouvre 2020
    There's a pleasant little blackcurrant jam note on the nose here. Lightly spiced, medium-bodied, juicy and with very fine tannins, there's a lovely sense of elegance in the wine, with very good acidity. Not as powerful as his cuvée classique, but a greater sense of finesse, balance and drinkability. Long finish. MATT WALLS, decanter.com

    The bouquet brims with bright cassis fruit clad for now in smoky oak. The fruit pleases via a lingering coulis-style sweetness. The palate bears rolling richness, a fluid tone to the content, black berry fruits on display, the tannins ripe, layered. This holds good, proven fruit, its clear tenor appealing. From 2023, decant it. 2030-32 July 2021. JONATHON LIVINGSTONE-LEARMONTH, drinkrhone.com
    2020
    shiraz
    France
    467
  9. Ogier La Rosine Syrah 2019
    Ogier La Rosine Syrah 2019

    Vibrant red and dark berry aromas show fine definition and complementary suggestions of peony, white pepper and olive. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering Chambord, black raspberry and spicecake flavors that slowly deepen through the midpalate. Smooth tannins frame a long, lively, floral-tinged finish that echoes the spice and red fruit notes. There are qualities here that remind me a lot of a ripe New World Pinot Noir. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous

    The 2019 Collines Rhodaniennes La Rosine is another pretty, seamless wine from Ogier, offering classic Northern Rhone black raspberry like fruit as well as some chalky minerality and spice. Medium-bodied, it has fine tannins, and nicely integrated acidity. JEB DUNNUCK

    2019
    shiraz
    France
    467
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  10. Coursodon St Joseph L'Olivaie 2020
    Coursodon St Joseph L'Olivaie 2020

    The 2020 Saint Joseph L'Olivaie comes from a parcel of 60-year-old vines. It's a winner, offering a rocking array of black and blue fruits, crushed stone, pepper, and flowers as well as medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. With plenty of mid-palate depth, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish, it will give a top Hermitage a run for its money. JEB DUNNUCK

    The medium to full-bodied 2020 Saint Joseph l'Olivaie, tasted out of barrel-the final blend will be roughly 50% from pièces de Bourgogne and 50% from demi-muids-showed an enthralling blend of raspberries and olives, a sexy, silky mouthfeel and great length and freshness on the finish. WINE ADVOCATE

    2018
    shiraz
    France
    467
  11. Express Winemakers Syrah 2021
    Express Winemakers Syrah 2021

    Syrah from two vineyards farmed organically by Ryan the winemaker himself.

    Powdery dry with amaro laced dark berry fruit flavours, botanicals, blood orange, sour cherry and refreshing, minerally acidity. Fine, silty tannins shape things nicely, decent length, liveliness and good depth. Very good. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

    Express Winemakers is Ryan O'Meara's mini-me wine operation from the deep south of WA. He has over the years assembled a top-notch set of vineyards in the Great Sothern making slippery and sensual wines, sometimes a little funky, definitely a lot of fun and always delicious.

     

    2021
    shiraz
    Australia
    400
  12. Altera Terra Fidelis Shiraz 2021
    Altera Terra Fidelis Shiraz 2021
    A Burgundy drinker's shiraz that simply drips with fruit and flavour. Its heady, musky perfume of smoke and spice reveals a deep, expansive core of red, black and blue fruit that continues with vivacious intensity down a smooth, polished palate supported by assertive but measured oak. Underpinned by suggestions of mineral and charcuterie meats, it's as gentle as it is effortless, finishing smoky and savoury. Proof positive that Australian shiraz doesn't need half-ripened stalks to look meaningful and contemporary. JEREMY OLIVER
    2019
    shiraz
    Australia
    365
  13. Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage “Papillon” 2020
    Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage “Papillon” 2020
    STAGE 13 -  FLAT - LE BOURG D'OISANS > SAINT-ÉTIENNE 193 KM

    The Robin family have grown grapes in Crozes-Hermitage for four generations, the first vineyard a 1.27 ha plot acquired by Gilles' great-grandfather Louis Pasquion in 1920. But until 1995 the production was substantially sold to the local cooperative in Tain l'Hermitage. When Gilles took over from his father Michel in 1996 however, he set the estate on a new course, bottling his first wines under the Gilles Robin label. More than 25 vintages later he is widely regarded as one of the top producers of the region.

    100% Syrah from vines planted in 1996, 100% de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. An early drinking style driven by perfumed black raspberry fruit with anise and spice notes lingering long on the fresh and vibrant finish. The violet lilt and pristine fruit standout here with nothing encumbered by oak and no need to flash this up given the quality here. A medium bodied Syrah, that is great all year round.
    2020
    shiraz
    France
    467
  14. Lignee Rouge Shiraz/Pinot 2021 1500ml
    Lignee Rouge Shiraz/Pinot 2021 1500ml

    3 BOTTLE AVAILABLE

    (on the 2018)
    Here’s a collaboration between NSW Sexyboys Will Gilbert (of Mudgee) and Angus Vinden (of Hunter). It’s a 50/50 blend of Hunter Shiraz (1968 block Somerset) and Orange Pinot Noir. Only older oak. 400 magnums filled, and magnums only.

    Smoky, spicy, hazelnut, cherry and raspberry, mint, bright and a bit tangy. Medium-bodied, cranberry acidity, fresh red fruits, a slight fenugreek/aniseed bitterness/perfume thing, frisky and slightly stalky, strawberry and spice on a long cool finish, graphite tannin trailing. So interesting. Vibrant and translucent. Great to drink too. 94+ Gary Walsh, THE WINE FRONT

    2021
    Pinot noir, shiraz
    Australia
    407
  15. Yann Chave Hermitage 2020
    Yann Chave Hermitage 2020
    Introverted on the nose, but smooth and bold on the palate. A little more generosity and weight than some Hermitage this year, also slightly higher alcohol. Harmonious, with good acidity and integrated oak, it is detailed and defined on the palate. A large-framed but calm and collected wine with a good sense of purity and typicity, this is a serious Hermitage. Vines of nearly 50 years of age, grown organically on lieux-dits Beaumes and Péléat, matured in demi-muids with malolactic fermentation in barrel. (97) MATT WALLS, decanter.com

    The bouquet mixes depth with shape, has a curve of black berry fruits, neat sweetness, a slightly floral persistence, a hint of licorice. It's a stylish opening. The palate is aromatic, offers well-toned soft black fruits, pleases on its suave, flowing progress, is elegant, and nourishing, all in a good tempo. It's a much more refined wine than the 2019, the balance good, the length trim and fresh, a little dab of mineral-powder on the close. From mid-2023, decant it. JONATHON LIVINGSTONE-LEARMONTH, drinkrhone.com
    2020
    shiraz
    France
    467
  16. Delas Cote du Rhone Ventoux 2020 375ml
    Delas Cote du Rhone Ventoux 2020 375ml
    Under the same ownership as Champagne Roederer for a couple of decades now, Delas Frères recently opened a new winery and enotourism facility in Tain l'Hermitage. It's a brilliant, modern facility that should be on the list of things to visit when in town. Winemaking is in the capable hands of Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud. ROBERT PARKER

    Ventoux is the name of the Village and only a select number of high-quality villages are allowed to put their name on the label. This is a bit of a hit from Delas and offers a more light and pretty version when compared to the CDR bottling. Nice purity stuffed with plenty of crunchy red fruits, think cranberry, raspberry and strawberry. There are flecks of ground pepper and vanilla spice in a lithe and lifted package. Another great release.
    2020
    GSM, shiraz
    France
    467
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