Australia is known for producing outstanding Shiraz, and not because they're the only one that calls it Shiraz not Syrah! It's hard to think of Australian wine without thinking of Australian Shiraz (we'll help with that in Sampler #3!). It’s the country’s most widely planted grape variety and they produce wines from affordable, quaffable reds to magnificent, super-expensive, age-worthy classics. This sampler has 6 everyday priced ($11-$28) Shirazes from 5 of Australia's most important Shiraz regions.
A $148 value for just $115
Sampler includes 1 bottle each:
Barossa - Elderton Shiraz
Fruit is sourced from the Barossa sub districts of Greenock (40%), Nuriootpa (30%) and Craneford (30%) with vines aged between 24 and 123 years old. Maturation took place in predominately second and third fill American oak puncheons for 24 months.Impenetrable pitch black core with a deep dark red black hue. Potent aromas of ripe blackberries, dark plum and licorice fill the nostrils followed by dark chocolate, vanillin oak, subtle mocha and spicy fennel notes. Rich blackberry, licorice and dark plum flavors layer the palate with a bold, opulent feel, yet the wine is far from overweight, the freshness of the cooler vintage shining through providing it with a slender and more elegant structure. Lightly smoked vanillin oak, fennel, traces of dark chocolate and spice sit beneath. Silky tannins further enhance the supple nature of the fruit. Excellent depth concluding with a long sumptuous aftertaste that will draw you back in for more. 91pts James Suckling
South Australia - The Black Chook Shiraz/Viognier
The Chook Shiraz Viognier is sourced from the premium grape growing region of McLaren Vale in South Australia. The seamless integration of Shiraz co-fermented with Viognier, generates a seductive nose of apricots, spice and ripe berries. The palate is smooth and full of rich flavor, perfect for a long lingering finish of delightfully soft Shiraz fruit, but not without the punch.
Victoria - Soldiers Block
Bright, aromatic and juicy on the nose with just a touch of naughty bacon fat. True to the varietal, the tiny proportion of Malbec in this blend gives a flowery perfume. This is a bright, and dangerously drinkable Shiraz due to its fine, bright fruit and soft silky elegance. An incredible value for under $15!
McLaren Vale - Gemtree "Uncut" Shiraz
The fruit was sourced from certified organic/biodynamic estate parcels on sandy loams, red soil with limestone, brown clay and black cracking clay; the vines averaged 30-years-old. It reveals exuberant bright blueberry and raspberry to nose and palate, with lifted peony, suggestions of sage, bay leaf and a hint of charcuterie. With a velvety mouthfeel, it has the generosity of McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate but, executed with a lightness of touch, the ripe fruit is delivered with buoyancy and detail. Fine, powdery tannins and saturating, juicy, fruity acidity make for lovely persistence.
McLaren Vale - The Spring Seed Co. "Scarlett Runner" Shiraz
"In its typically hands-off manner, this wine shows all the power McLaren Vale Shiraz can express—along with brambly red fruit, plum, chocolate, olive, mint and bay leaf characters without smothering them all in oak. The palate is harmonious, plush and savory, wound by granular, earthy tannin's. Gives souped-up South Aussie Shiraz everywhere a run for its money, especially at such an affordable price. - 91pts James Suckling"
Clare Valley - Kilikanoon "Killerman's Run" Shiraz
Mr Killerman, as a young Mort Mitchell called him, lived alone in a humble tin shed in the hills behind the Kilikanoon Cellar Door. Entirely self-sufficient, he grew his own fruit and vegetables and roamed the valley for his meals with rabbits being his favorite gourmet treat.
Mort grew to know and respect this man of the bush, learning the secrets of the land and how to become one with the environment. The Killerman's Run range of approachable wines showcases the distinguished and varied terroir of the Clare Valley and the Kilikanoon philosophy of uncompromising quality and consistency.
The 2018 Kilikanoon Clare Valley Killerman's Run Shiraz is dark red with deep purple hues. Dark red fruits, plum and cherry with sweet spice, leather and licorice.
The aromas carry through to the palate, where they are wrapped in plush, velvety tannins. Measured use of oak is well integrated providing structure and poise to what is a very moreish wine. 91pts James Suckling