93 Points - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Barossa shiraz. Matured in 35% new oak, most of it American but with some French. Grown at Greenock, Moppa and Kalimna. It takes time to come around in the glass so decanting is advised. It’s firm-ish and reserved but there’s a good spread of dark berried flavour here, don’t worry about that. Of course the berries come splashed with toast, licorice and dark chocolate notes, coal and dried herb characters lingering but not intruding. In short, it’s true to style, and in the groove within its style. Lovers of Blackwell Shiraz won’t be disappointed.
Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.
Riedel Veritas Syrah / Shiraz (2 Glasses)
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