Wine of the week – Shiraz looking for a home

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.

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Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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