Tag Archives: Shiraz/Syrah

The changing face of Australian Shiraz

The Australian wine industry is today very keen to have consumers buy in to their diversity. Wine Australia, the organisation representing Australian winemakers throughout the world, have put a lot of effort into marketing the regional aspect of their offering, but equally, the influence of the winemaker remains a hot topic. Years ago many Australian …

Step aside, Bordeaux – Gimblett Gravels is here

It was only a matter of time before New Zealand started being taken seriously for world-class Syrah, and all the experts are now saying that they belong on the same table as Bordeaux. New Zealand’s premium Syrah producing region is Hawkes Bay in the North Island, and more specifically, Gimblett Gravels, which is a tiny …

Wine for Dummies: Making sense of Shiraz

Let’s not make a Shiraz of Syrah. They are the same grape, taking the name from the city of Shiraz in Iran, where wine flowed freely for many years before the Prophet Muhammad laid out his cards in the 6th century. Generally labelled Shiraz in Australia and Syrah in France, there is a huge worldwide …

‘Godzone’ is Kiwi for New Zealand

An abbreviation of “God’s Own Country”, Godzone is a phrase popularised by Richard John Seddon, who was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1893 until his death in 1906. Could Godzone be the new Rhône? Certainly the Rhône varieties love this place, Syrah and Viognier in particular, especially in Hawke’s Bay. Syrah, Rhône’s most famous …

The perfect wine for the perfect steak

This is one of the first video recipes I saw from Lookandtaste and it’s what excited me most about their concept. Classic dishes, superbly demonstrated by a top class chef, on demand. It’s amazing how many people are quite comfortable cooking complex and intricate recipes from books, but hand them a lovely piece of prime …

Beef Wellington

I always talk a lot about certain dishes being ones that I love or could not live without but if you had to ask me for one last meal before I died this would have to be it. The film crew on lookandtaste still talk about this as one of their all time favourite dishes …

Heartland Shiraz a big hit with judges & consumers

Heartland Shiraz continues to achieve that magical double: popularity with both wine experts and the general consumer. The Heartland range comes from the same man responsible for the 100 Parker Point Amon-Ra. In our humble opinion, Ben Glaetzer (pictured left) is one the world’s best winemakers. The magical double was made official when the 2004 …

Dignité: Langeudoc’s Latent Potential Unleashed

Syrah du Monde is the world’s top competitions for assessing Syrah and aims to find wines showing the best Syrah varietal character. Organised by the Forum Oenologue, a panel of international judges assessed 384 wines from 23 countries, following strict judging conditions and criteria. In the 2008 awards, the Dignité Syrah 2005 received a silver …

Red Alert: Top 10 did-you-knows on Syrah/Shiraz.

It took a visit to Hunter valley in March 2008 to truly convert me to Aussie Shiraz. It’s big and it’s bold, but it doesn’t always have to be. It could be as elegant and easy drinking as a cup of warm milk. To celebrate our 10% off all heart warming Shiraz and Shiraz blends …

January specials from Curious Wines

So a New Year, and new wines to try, and whether you’re a daily tippler or a weekend splasher I hope we’ve something of interest that you can try with a little less stretch on the wallet in January. We’re unapologetic Shiraz lovers, especially in winter. I just love the full flavours, typically black fruit, …