Yellow Tail Shiraz-Cabernet

As fruity as the Yellow Tail Merlot reviewed above, this Shiraz-Cabernet blend is a little bolder, with more sweet spice, riper fruit, and even some minerality. This one also lacks the hot, alcohol-driven nose of the Merlot. 80% Shiraz and 20% Cabernet.

Rosedale Wines Chook Shed Shiraz

There’s nothing subtle about this one. The nose offers up violets, licorice, and burnt rubber. The palate is off-dry, with oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Trader Joe’s Coastal Syrah

A dirty, foxy, grapey nose is followed by a chemical and vegetable-water taste. Something went wrong here.

Purple Moon Shiraz

Smells like peach, nectarine, and orange-juice concentrate. Tastes like fruit punch. Is this really wine? Aldi sells this wine as vitamin fruit juice in Germany.

Smoking Loon Syrah

The nose offers smoky oak and Band-Aid, with some dark fruit lurking in the background. The taste is distractingly sour.