Whistling Duck Shiraz 2018 is a really sumptuous Australian classic. Rich flavors of ripe plums, dark cherries and fresh blackberries with a lovely hint of spice. This beautifully concentrated wine is deliciously smooth and drinking superbly.Shiraz wine refers to the wine historically produced around the city of Shiraz in Iran. These wines were white and existed in two different styles: dry wines for drinking young, and sweet wines meant for aging. The latter wines were compared to "an old sherry" (one of the most prized European wines of the day), and at five years of age were said to have a fine bouquet and nutty flavour. The dry white Shiraz wines (but not the sweet ones) were fermented with significant stem contact, which should have made these wines rather phenolic, i.e., rich in tannins. Shiraz wine and the city of Shiraz are not connected with the modern-day red grape variety "Shiraz", a homonym used in Australia and some other countries for the grape variety Syrah, which apparently originates from northern Rhône valley in France.Smaller amounts of Syrah are also used in the production of other wine styles, such as rosé wine, fortified wine in Port wine style, and sparkling red wine. While Australian sparkling Shiraz traditionally have had some sweetness, a number of Australian winemakers also make a full-bodied sparkling dry Shiraz, that contains the complexity and sometimes earthy notes that are normally found in still wine.