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Shiraz, one of the most popular red wine varietals of the world, is now an important part of celebrations. This bold and full-bodied wine can be paired with a wide variety of cuisines which makes it more favorable for parties and other occasions. As we are slowly moving towards the holiday season of the year, let’s take a look at some of the best Shiraz wines to try during that time.
The following are the 9 best Shiraz wines for the holiday season.
Serafino Goose Island Shiraz from McLaren Vale Region of Australia is an award-winning wine of Serafino Wines. It has a bright red color with a purple hue. This Shiraz wine has lifted the nose of red berry fruits, spice, and oak. It is filled with flavors of dark plums, spice, and long-lingering fine supple tannins.
Food match: Tapas
Technical details: 14% ABV, 3.57 pH, 6.4 TA
Winemaker: Charles Whish
Jaraman Shiraz from Clare Valley / McLaren Vale region of Australia is a wine with deep red color to the center and vibrant purple hue to the edges. Its nose is lifted with aromas of red plum and cherry fruit along with subtle black olive and spice. On the palate, it has flavors of red berry fruit, violets, and attractive oak characters of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Overall, Jaraman Shiraz is well-balanced with integrated tannins providing the palate with an intense and persistent length.
Technical details: 14.5% ABV, 3.50 pH, 0.60 Residual sugar
Fox in the HenHouse Sparkling Shiraz has a deep burgundy color with crimson hue. On the nose, you will feel the aromas of fresh black current preserves, dark strawberry and blackberry jam surrounded by underlying hints of butterscotch, menthol, and spice. On the palate, it is lively, refreshing, and medium-bodied. Flavors of sweet berry fruits, ripe plums, and cassis linger on the palate. You will also notice hints of chocolate, molasses, caraway seed, and fennel. On the finish, fine bubbles lift the fruit and spice characters and make the finish attractive and long-lingering.
Technical details: 14% ABV, 40.06 RS, 3.59 pH, 6.2 TA
Flavabom Vine Dried Shiraz is dark inky red in color with a magenta hue. On the nose, lingers ripe blackberries and molasses with a hint of vegemite. You will also feel the notes of baked Christmas pudding with cinnamon spice. The palate is plush and well-rounded. Rich dried fruit flavors let out warm feel with hints of sweet strap licorice.
Food match: Thick chargrilled steak, spit roast, Smoky BBQ ribs or duck pâté. Vegetarian suitable.
Clare Valley Shiraz comes from Calcannia which is nestled in the Clare Valley’s Stanley Flat region. It has deep plum color. On the nose, peppery hints overlay the ripe mulberry and plum aromas. On the palate, it is sophisticated with well-balanced fruit sweetness and smooth tannins. On the finish, it is rich with spicy notes that linger for long.
Food match: Spicy tomato laden sauces, thick-cut chargrilled steaks, and cheeses of both soft and hard aged styles
Technical details: 14.5% ABV, 3.6 pH, 5.9 TA
Traditionally made Jack Harrison Shiraz is a premium shiraz handcrafted to be elegantly smooth and approachable. This shiraz’s nose is lifted with aromas of rich plum, cassis and black cherry backed by French oak finesse. The palate shows off notes of ripe black fruit, hints of olive and five-spice that continues to reveal the savory notes leading into seriously succulent tannins.
Winemaker: Shawn Kalleske
Technical details: 14.5% ABV
Fox in the HenHouse Barossa Valley Shiraz is rich, deep, and thick with inky, mulberry hue. The nose is subtle and sophisticated while the palate is powerful with notes of ripe black cherries, the darkest and richest chocolate integrated with ripe dark juicy plum flesh, traces of freshly ground coffee beans, hints of black olive, peat, and aniseed.
Food match: Richly flavored food like slow-cooked beef casseroles, kangaroo fillet with dark chocolate and chili sauce.
Technical detail: 14.9% ABV, 1.1 g/L RS, 3.65 pH, 0.46 VA, 5.8 TA
2017 Serafino Black Label Shiraz has a brilliant garnet color with a purple hue. It is a premium McLaren Vale Shiraz with distinct mocha and blueberry aromas enhanced with vanilla and cedar oak. The palate is a reflection of McLaren Vale regional characters. Bright red fruits including blackberry, blueberry, mint, swiss dark chocolate and violets intertwine with spicy fine-grained tannins. The French and American oak integrates seamlessly with dark berry fruits, making the wine full-flavored with layers of texture and flavor.
Food match: Steak with smashed duck fat Kipfler potatoes and garden salad.
Winemaker: Charles Whish/Steve Maglieri
Technical details: 14.5% ABV, 3.73 pH, 6.4 g/L TA
2016 Malibu Coast Syrah from AJA Vineyards has elements of blackberry, candy, cherry, boysenberry, and blueberry. The nose is complimented by subtle hints of cinnamon and mocha along with savory black pepper and bitter almond.
Food match: Smokey meats, steaks, bacon.
Technical details: 14.6% ABV