The Northern Rhone is synonymous with France's 'Hermitage' and Syrah. Wine lore has it that Shiraz (also known as Syrah, Sirrahs, Ciras, Scyras) was taken from Persia to France by the Phoenicians. However, research by scholars Dr.Carole Meridith of the University of California Davis and Jean Michel Boursiquot of the Wine Institute in Montpellier, France have determined that Shiraz is indigenous to the Rhone Region of France. Cote-Rotie, Crozes-Hermitage, St.Joseph and Hermitage offer some of the world's most distinctive expressions from the region. When you buy Northern Rhone reds online from Nicks Wine Merchants, we can ship order free of charge to most of Australia.