Decanter panel tasting (Nov 2011): Australian Shiraz - All wines

Consistency, regionality and an evident swing towards elegance were the high points of one of our biggest-ever tastings, but our panel raised concerns about monotony and longevity. The following wines were awarded 15.5 points or more.

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

Two Hands, Samantha's Garden, Clare Valley

Two Hands Wines Australia South Australia 2009

St Hallett, Blackwell Shiraz, Barossa Valley

St Hallett Wines Australia South Australia 2008

Mitolo, GAM, McLaren Vale

Mitolo Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Chateau Tanunda, Terroirs of the Barossa, Shiraz, Greenock, Barossa Valley

Chateau Tanunda Australia South Australia 2009

Chateau Tanunda, Grand Barossa Shiraz, Greenock, Barossa Valley

Chateau Tanunda Australia South Australia 2009

Plunkett Fowles, Ladies Who Shoot their Lunch, Shiraz, Strathbogie Ranges

Fowles Wines Australia Victoria 2009

Evans & Tate, Redbrook Shiraz, Margaret River

Evans & Tate Australia Western Australia 2009

Gemtree, Bloodstone Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Gemtree Vineyards Australia South Australia 2009

Mitchell, McNicol Shiraz, Clare Valley

Mitchell Winery Australia South Australia 2002

Berton Vineyards, Bonsai Shiraz, Eden Valley

N/A Australia South Australia 2007

Gemtree, Obsidian Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Gemtree Vineyards Australia South Australia 2008

Browns of Padthaway, T-Trellis Shiraz, Padthaway

Browns of Padthaway Australia South Australia 2008

Giaconda, Beechworth, Shiraz, Victoria

Giaconda Vineyard Australia Victoria 2008

St Hallett, Shiraz, Dawkins Vineyard, Barossa Valley

St Hallett Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Eldredge Vineyards, Blue Chip Shiraz, Clare Valley

Eldredge Vineyards Australia South Australia 2008

McWilliam's, Mount Pleasant, Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz, Hunter Valley

Mount Pleasant [McWilliam's] Australia New South Wales 2009

Tyrrell's Wines, Lunatiq, Heathcote

Tyrrell's Australia Victoria 2009

Penny's Hill, Skeleton Key, McLaren Vale

Penny's Hill Vineyards Australia South Australia 2009

Michel Chapoutier, Shiraz, Shays Flat Vineyard, Pyrenees

M. Chapoutier Australia Victoria 2009

Shottesbrooke, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Shottesbrooke Vineyards Australia South Australia 2010

Yangarra Estate, Ironheart Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Yangarra Estate Vineyard Australia South Australia 2007

Jim Barry, The McRae Wood, Shiraz, Clare Valley

Jim Barry Wines Australia South Australia 2006

Michel Chapoutier, Shiraz, Landsborough Valley, Pyrenees

M. Chapoutier Australia Victoria 2009

Mitolo, Jester, McLaren Vale

Mitolo Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Yalumba, The Octavius, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Yalumba [Hill-Smith/Smith & Son/Heggies/Pewsey Vale] Australia South Australia 2004

Annie's Lane, Shiraz, Clare Valley

Annie's Lane Australia South Australia 2009

Tim Adams, The Aberfeldy, Shiraz, Clare Valley

Tim Adams Wines Australia South Australia 2006

First Drop Wines, Two Per Cent, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A Australia South Australia 2008

Grant Burge, Filsell Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Grant Burge Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Hamelin Bay, Shiraz Reserve, Five Ashes Vineyard, Margaret River

Hamelin Bay Australia Western Australia 2007

McWilliam's, Mount Pleasant, Maurice O'Shea Shiraz, Hunter Valley

Mount Pleasant [McWilliam's] Australia New South Wales 2009

Mollydooker, The Boxer, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

Mollydooker Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Saltram, No 1 Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Saltram Estate Wines Australia South Australia 2006

Thorn Clarke, Terra Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Thorn-Clarke Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Tyrrell's, Rufus Stone, Shiraz, Heathcote

Tyrrell's Australia Victoria 2009

Wirra Wirra, RSW, McLaren Vale

Wirra Wirra Vineyards Australia South Australia 2008

Chateau Tanunda, Terroirs of the Barossa, Shiraz, Ebenezer District, Barossa Valley

Chateau Tanunda Australia South Australia 2009

Two Hands, Angels' Share Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Two Hands Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Dowie Doole, California Road Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Dowie Doole Australia South Australia 2008

Dandelion Vineyards, Red Queen of the Eden Valley, Shiraz, Eden Valley

Dandelion Vineyards Australia South Australia 2008

David Traeger, Three Centuries Shiraz, Heathcote

David Traeger Wines Australia Victoria 2006

Dowie Doole, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Dowie Doole Australia South Australia 2008

Fox Gordon, Eight Uncles Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Fox Gordon Australia South Australia 2009

Hardy's. Eileen Hardy Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Hardy's Tintara Winery Australia South Australia 2004

McWilliam's, Mount Pleasant, Shiraz, Rosehill Vineyard, Hunter Valley

Mount Pleasant [McWilliam's] Australia New South Wales 2009

Mollydooker, The Blue Eyed Boy, Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

Mollydooker Wines Australia South Australia 2009

Penny's Hill, Cracking Black Shriaz, McLaren Vale

Penny's Hill Vineyards Australia South Australia 2009

Pertaringa, Over the Top Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Pertaringa Vineyards Australia South Australia 2009

Penley Estate, Hyland Shiraz, Coonawarra

Penley Estate Australia South Australia 2008

Plunkett Fowles, Stone Dwellers Shiraz, Strathbogie Ranges

Fowles Wines Australia Victoria 2008

Wakefield, Estate Shiraz, Clare Valley

Wakefield Estate Australia South Australia 2009

Grant Burge, Miamba Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Grant Burge Wines Australia South Australia 2009

MadFish, Gold Turtle Shiraz, Frankland River-Great Southern

Howard Park Australia Western Australia 2009

Mr Riggs, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Penny's Hill Vineyards Australia South Australia 2009

Two Hands, Gnarly Dudes, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Two Hands Wines Australia South Australia 2008

Bethany, Lawrence & Edna Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Bethany Wines [Schrapel Family Vineyards] Australia South Australia 2008

Chateau Tanunda, Terroirs of the Barossa, Shiraz, Lydoch, Barossa Valley

Chateau Tanunda Australia South Australia 2009

Eagle Vale Estate, Shiraz, Margaret River

Eagle Vale Australia Western Australia 2005

Howard Park, Leston Shiraz, Margaret River

Howard Park Australia Western Australia 2009

Lost Valley Winery, Shiraz, High Country-Central Victoria

Lost Valley Winery Australia Victoria 2008

Marchand and Burch, Shiraz, Margaret River

Howard Park Australia Western Australia 2008

Marks & Spencer, Ebenezer & Seppeltsfield, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Seppeltsfield Winery Australia South Australia 2009

Mountadam Vineyards, Patriarch, High Eden Shiraz, Eden Valley

Mountadam Vineyard [David Wynn] Australia South Australia 2008

Mr Riggs, The Gaffer, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Penny's Hill Vineyards Australia South Australia 2010

Paxton, Jones Block Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Paxton Vineyards Australia South Australia 2008

Schild Estate, Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Schild Estate Wines Australia South Australia 2006

Vasse Felix, Shiraz, Margaret River

Vasse Felix Australia Western Australia 2007

Magpie Estate, Knock Knock, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Penfolds, Marananga, Bin 150 Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Wirra Wirra, Woodhenge, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Mount Horrocks, Shiraz, Clare Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Yangarra Estate, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Berton Vineyards, Reserve Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Ferngrove, Dragon Shiraz, Frankland River-Great Southern

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Innocent Bystander, Mule, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Paxton, Quandong Farm Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Pikes, Eastside Shiraz, Clare Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Tyrrell's, Brokenback Shiraz, Hunter Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Tyrrell's, Winemaker's Selection Vat 8 Shiraz, Hunter Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Wirra Wirra, Catapult Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Chateau Tanunda, The Everest, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Bird in Hand, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Bremerton, Selkirk Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Cariole, Estate Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2008

D'Arenberg, The Love Grass, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill, Shiraz, Clare Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Loom Wine, The Black Pig, Shiraz, Clare Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Paringa Estate, Shiraz, Mornington Peninsula

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Penfolds, Bin 128, Shiraz, Coonawarra

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Pertaringa, Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Plantagenet, Shiraz, Mt Barker-Great Southern

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Plantagenet, Omrah Shiraz, Great Southern

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Shottesbrooke, Eliza Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Trentham, Shiraz, Heathcote

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Wakefield, Jaraman Shiraz, ClareValley-McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Chapel Hill, The Vicar, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Tower, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Ferngrove, Frankland Shiraz, Frankland River-Great Southern

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Haan, Prestige Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2005

Leasingham, Leasingham Shiraz, Bin 61, Clare Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Mad Dog, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Mount Langi Ghiran, Langi Shiraz, Grampians

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Pauletts, Polish Hill River Shiraz, Clare Valley

Paulett Wines Australia South Australia 2007

St Hallett, Old Block Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Two Hands, Ares Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Mount Langi Ghiran, Cliff Edge Shiraz, Grampians

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Wolf Blass, Gold Label Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Brokenwood, Shiraz, Wade Block 2 Vineyard, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Knappstein, Shiraz, Clare Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Mitchelton, Shiraz, Central Victoria

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Mitchelton, Print Shiraz, Central Victoria

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Peter Lehmann, Eight Songs Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2005

Wolf Blass, Platinum Label Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Rolf Binder, Heysen Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chain of Ponds, Ledge Shiraz, Adelaide Hills

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Chalkers Crossing, Shiraz, Hilltops

Chalkers Crossing Australia New South Wales 2009

Chapel Hill, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Geoff Merrill, Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Geoff Merrill [Mount Hurtle] Australia South Australia 2004

Henschke, Tappa Pass Shiraz, Eden Valley-Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2005

John Duval, Entity, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

McHenry Hohnen, Shiraz, Margaret River

N/A N/A N/A 2010

Peccavi, Shiraz, Margaret River

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Petaluma, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Peter Lehmann, Futures, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Pitchfork, Shiraz, Margaret River

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Grant Burge, Meshach Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2005

The Soothsayer, Diviner, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2010

Bethany, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Canonbah Bridge, Drought Reserve Shiraz, Western Plains

N/A N/A N/A 2005

Elderton, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2007

McGuigan Wines, Shortlist Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Paringa Estate, Peninsula Shiraz, Mornington Peninsula

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Penny's Hill, Footprint Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Shaw and Smith, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Tower Estate, Shiraz, Hunter Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Tyrrell's, Stevens, Single Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Voyager Estate, Shiraz, Margaret River

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Yalumba, Single Site Shiraz, Eden Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Ben Glaetzer, Bishop Shiraz, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

BranD's Laira, StentiforD's Shiraz, Coonawarra

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chain of Ponds, Graves Gate Shiraz, Adelaide Hills

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Elderton, Neil Ashmeads GTS, Barossa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Hahndorf Hill Winery, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Killerby, Shiraz, Margaret River

N/A N/A N/A 2009

MadFish, Sideways Shiraz, Margaret River

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Mitolo, Savitar Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2009

Paxton, Paxton EJ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Redbank, The Anvil, Beechworth Shiraz, Victoria

Redbank Winery Australia Victoria 2006

Ulithorne, Frux Frugis Shiraz, McLaren Vale

N/A N/A N/A 2004

Wynn's, Michael Shiraz, Coonawarra

N/A N/A N/A 2008