As most of you know a Shiraz and a Syrah are the same grape, so what’s the difference? It’s all about style. For me Syrah tends to be a more elegant refined, smooth wine. A Shiraz tends to be a more edgey wine with lots of pepper on the finish. Each style has it’s place depending on your mood and what you are serving. Last night I cracked this one and served it with lamb chops marinated in red wine, herbs de provence, salt and pepper and a little franks hot sauce to kick it up a notch. The wine is much more of a Syrah than a Shiraz. This was a lovely smooth wine with lots going on in the mouth. Almost no pepper what so ever on this one. The finish quite mild but all in all I would say this was delicious. Definitely grab some. But it’s going fast, so act now, operators are standing by … James Halliday actually got one close. I’d give it a 90-91. Well worth the money!
WATERSHED SHIRAZ 2004
Margaret River, Western Australia
In 2007, this Shiraz was awarded Gold by the prestigious Mundus Vini International Wine Academy.
TASTING NOTE: Spicy, savoury black fruit aromas; medium-bodied, complex texture from fine tannins throughout interwoven with fruit and oak. Drink [until] 2014. Score – 92. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, March 2006)