The ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about words and wine, which is what inspired an Australian winery to use the name Pirathon for their Shiraz.

The word pirathon means pinnacle and it’s a great description of Shiraz when it’s on form.

Shiraz is one of the world’s great red grapes.

So much of it is pressed into service as a cheap ‘n’ cheerful, drink-me-now, everyday red, that it’s incredibly easy to forget just how great Shiraz can be.

At least, so I thought, until I tried this week’s bunch of big dark beauties from Pirathon.

Their Kiwi importer is a guy called Adam Skelton, who’s looking for a distributor for the wines. I’d love to  put my hand up for the job because they’re a delicious bunch, but more time to write (rather than sell) is my eventual dream…In the meantime, try Pirathon Shiraz, if you’re looking for a mind blowing red wine experience. Their bold purple colour, velvety mouthfeel and lingering sense of deliciousness come through in every mouthful.

 

The Pirathon trio

2016 Pirathon Barossa Valley Silver $25

Each of the trio steps up a notch in price. Flavours here are big, dark, damson plums, a full body, a long finish. Soft, smooth, rich, tasty.

 

2016 Pirathon Barossa Valley Shiraz Black $49

Significant step up in quality here with greater fruit intensity, a fuller body and a longer finish. What I like about these wines is that oak is not the main character. Fruit flavour and spice are the order of the day here.

2016 Pirathon Barossa Valley Gold $99

A keeper, especially at this steep price, which represents special occasion wine. I found this Shiraz to improve hugely over three days, unfolding from dark and juicy to plush and open. It’s pricey but it’s impressive.

Prices are recommended retail in NZ dollars.

Find out more at www.pirathon.com or email:  adam.skelton@pirathon.com