Yellow Tail Shiraz Review

Yellow Tail Shiraz Review
Let's find out more about Yellow Tail Shiraz wine.

This is our Yellow Tail Shiraz review.

Are you looking for a bold and silky Shiraz with black and red fruit flavors and with vanilla hints and a spicey finish? 

And what if I tell you that it pairs well with a vast variety of dishes and it’s very affordable too?

Find below our Yellow Tail Shiraz full review along with our food pairings recommendations, serving tips, curiosity, and where you can buy it.

Let’s begin!

Our Yellow Tail Shiraz Review

3.7/5
  • Brand: Yellow Tail
  • Grape Varietal: Merlot
  • Region: Australia, South Eastern Australia
  • Tasting Notes: Plum & Red Berry fruit notes
  • Glass & Serving: Bordeaux / 59-64 °F (15-18 °C) / Decant up to 30 mins
  • Store: Up to 5 Years
  • Price Range: ~$6
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml

Yellow Tail Shiraz review: What's its color?

Yellow Tail Shiraz wine has a purple color with thin slowly falling legs.

If you want to know more about how to taste wine and the lingo that goes with it, check out this article: How To Taste Wine Like a Pro in 4 Steps.

What does Yellow Tail Shiraz taste like?

Yellow Tail Shiraz is entirely made from Shiraz grapes.

On the nose, rich aromas of cherry and plum with hints of mocha and spice.
 
On the palate, it’s silky and smooth with a full body and flavors of red berries and plum, with licorice, vanilla notes, and a spicey finish.

Is Yellow Tail Shiraz sweet?

No, it’s not sweet. Yellow Tail Shiraz wine is a dry wine.

Dry wine contains less than 15 g/L.

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

Yellow Tail Shiraz review: Which food pairs well with it?

Yellow Tail Shiraz is a bold wine with intense flavors, as such, we recommend to pair with equally strong flavor dishes.

Classic appetizers are veal ragu pasta, grilled vegetables, onions and mushroom dishes to name some.

Meat wise go for burgers, BBQ ribs, and lamb for example.

If you are a cheese lover our recommendations for you are semi-hard and blue cheeses like Cheddar and Gorgonzola for example.

Yellow Tail Shiraz review: What's its alcohol content?

Yellow Tail Shiraz wine’s alcohol content is 13.5%.

In case you wonder about alcohol content or more precisely Alcohol By Volume, i.e. ABV, measure the alcoholic strength of a drink.

There is a direct relationship between the sugar left in the wine after the alcoholic fermentation has taken place, i.e. Residual Sugar or RS, and ABV.

During alcoholic fermentation, the yeast transforms the sugar in the grape juice into alcohol.

Grapes with high residual sugar will therefore produce dry wine with a high ABV.

How many calories are in a glass of Yellow Tail Shiraz wine?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture [1] a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories.

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. So a wine with high ABV will have a higher calories per glass than a wine with low ABV.

Furthermore, sugar contributes to the calorie count.

A dry wine will usually have 4 calories per grams vs a sweet wine that will have around 20 calories per grams of carbs, which include sugar.

What is Yellow Tail?

Here is an extract from the Yellow Tail website itself:

“In 1957 founders Filippo and Maria Casella migrated from Sicily and arrived on Australian shores.

They began making wine with the family’s winemaking philosophy at its heart; to bring family and friends together at any occasion.

Today John Casella continues to run the family business using the same principle of creating great tasting wines for all to enjoy.

By combining a passion and understanding of the Italian heritage with a relaxed and modern Australian attitude, …

…Casella continues to create wines that have wide appeal and will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Conclusion

This is a nice Shiraz bottle, perfect for any casual occasion, that for around ~$7 offers great value for your money.

Its silkiness, full body, medium acidity, and red and black fruit aromas will complement many dishes from veggie, pasta, a large variety of red meats, and our beloved cheeses.

Try it with veal ragu pasta, grilled vegetables, burgers, BBQ, or Gorgonzola cheese and it’ll be a delight. At least it was for me!😍

If you have never tried it, I’m not entirely sure what are you still waiting for.

Once you had it, we’d love to know your opinion, so reach out and let’s know what you think! Enjoy!

FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Syrah/Shiraz.

Where does Syrah/Shiraz grow best?

Syrah/Shiraz gives its best in a moderate to cool climate, eg France: Rhône Valley. It is though as well cultivated in warm climates too, e.g. Australia.

When is the perfect time to drink Syrah/Shiraz?

If you have organized a BBQ or have been invited to one, Syrah/Shiraz is your best bet. It will complement perfectly with ribs, burgers, and any other braised or roasted meats.

What are the differences between Syrah vs Shiraz?

Syrah and Shiraz are two different names for the same grape that though produces different styles.

  • Syrah is the name used in France and for the “Old World” wine style. It usually has higher acidity, higher tannins, herbaceous and earthy notes, moderate fruit components with tertiary smoke flavors.

  • Shiraz is the name used in Australia and for the “New World” wine style. It usually is easier to drink with fewer tannins, higher in alcohol, intense black fruit aromas, with tertiary spice (black pepper) flavors.

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