You say "Shiraz,"I say "Syrah"—it's the same grape nonetheless. In France, it is known and grown as Syrah, and is responsible for some of the Northern Rhone's big, bold red wines. However, in Australia and South Africa, it goes by "Shiraz." This is a red wine that is easy to love, generally, carries a reasonable price tag for some well-to-do wines, and is very food-friendly.
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A stunning red wine, especially for the price! This is a terrific shiraz to have on hand for an evening meal, an after work party or as a hostess gift. Delightful from the bright red cherry and mocha start to the minty eucalyptus on the seamless finish!
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The Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone "Parallel 45" (buy direct) is a consistent Grenache-Syrah based blend year in and year out. The 2006 vintage has plenty of palate appeal, with cherry and blackberry dominating the fruit profile and an attractive smoke and earth contingent supporting the fruit. You can expect beautiful balance, subtle, silky tannins and a nice smooth finish. This is a very welcoming medium-bodied red wine that will play well with the likes of pork, poultry, pizza and pasta with hearty meat-based toppings.
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz (Australia) $12
A terrific everyday red with plenty of pairing options to boot. The d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz is a top notch Aussie Shiraz in the budget-friendly price point. Expect gobs of good juicy red fruit - largely blackberry, cherry, and a bit of plum on the palate mixed with generous dark chocolate and vanilla spice. Big, bold, and fun this wine is an in your face Aussie Shiraz tasting experience.
04 of 08
Perhaps the most widely known bargain-based Shiraz on the planet, Yellow Tail Shiraz is a good value wine option, offering the feature flavors of black cherry, along with a hint of mocha. This is a medium-bodied wine, with decent tannin and a distinct finish.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
The Layer Cake Shiraz has plenty of black plum and dark cherry on the palate. Good acidity and peppery spice along with a smidge of dark chocolate on the finish make this a delicious crowd-pleasing Shiraz that promises to make quick friends with your wallet as well.
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The Rosemount Diamond Series Shiraz is a classic Australian Shiraz with a dominant flavor profile of black cherries, plums, and chocolate. This wine has spent some time in American oak, lending a soft vanilla flavoring to the medium-bodied wine.
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Ripe red berries dominate the palate of Penfold's Koonunga Hill Shiraz bringing a medium body, bright acidity and a swirl of black licorice in the mix. The malleable tannins provide a solid structure and make for a delicious pairing with all things barbecued.
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This California Syrah is full of vibrant strawberry, rich coffee and dark chocolate flavors. There is plenty of spunk and spice in this red wine - a must have wine to have on hand for winter stew or summer's best barbecue.