International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88($60) Bright ruby. Slightly tired aroma of nut skin, with a suggestion of dried fruits. Then sweet, fat and concentrated, with surprisingly succulent currant and smoke flavors for a wine so thick. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering currant flavor. Still, I'd like to have seen a bit more structure and grip. (The Grateful Palate, Oxnard CAAuthor: Stephen TanzerIssue: July/August 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Polished, ripe and beautifully structured to let its plum, blackberry and peppermint flavors sail onto a long, fine-grained finish. Not an overwhelming wine, despite the 15.6 percent alcohol, but it has great stature. 250 cases made.Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94This big, boisterous, exuberant 2002 is a classic Barossa Valley Shiraz. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a knock-out nose of smoke, earth, blackberries, and vanilla. Produced from low yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, and aged in both new and old French hogsheads, it is no shy wine at 15.5% alcohol. It will drink well for 7-10 years. The name, Two Way Range, comes from two guys who fought on behalf of Australia with the United States in Vietnam, and referred to their service in that country as a firing range that fired from both sides.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 92Author: Weingart Gregory
Self | Rating: 94Deep Inky Purple color, lot's of blackberry and chocolate with hints of charcoal. Extremely concentrated with very smooth tannins. Silky with a long finish. Enjoyed it!Author: MBates 42
Self | Rating: 91Nice deep red in the glass, with heady aromas of spice, blueberry and mint. Super smooth on the palate with mouth coating tanins. Very nice wine.Author: Daniel F397
Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in ) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.
The best Old-World Syrah comes from the , where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. and are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as , , and make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.
In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of and produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from . Australian producers such as , , and have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.
One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of producers, most notably , , and , who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.
The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 60 bottles owned
- 25 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 25 collectors)