International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($74) Medium ruby. Ripe, vibrant and nicely focused aromas of crushed blackberry, blackcurrant, basil, exotic incense and vanilla. Dense and thick, with round, supple flavors of dark berries, creme de cassis kirsch, mocha and roasted meat. Finishes fat and creamy without losing its focus or verve.(Vineyard Brands,Birmingham ALAuthor: Josh RaynoldsIssue: July/August 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Tightly packed with bright plum, currant and spice flavors, this one has remarkable focus that lets the flavors roll beautifully through the firm tannins onto a long and promising finish. Best from 2006 through 2012. 350 cases imported.Author: Harvey Steiman
Self | Rating: 93Author: Ronn L
Self | Rating: 93Amazingly balanced with softening tannins and still quite fruit laden with a terrific complexity of a much more expensive Shiraz. Aging beautifully- not typical in my experience for lower priced Shirazs.Author: swimmer
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
- 122 bottles owned
- 31 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 31 collectors)