Shiraz from Oz, NZ & Chile


Posted by Marc Jardine || 1815 VIEWS

Four examples of Syrah/Shiraz from Australia, New Zealand and Chile: Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard Syrah 2010, Chile | Full bodied style, quite aromatic with notes of sage-tinted sausage meat and lavender, but there’s that tell-tale reduced blackcurrant pastille feel, and the finish is rather dry and lacking charm. === Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2009, Clare Valley/McLaren Vale, Australia | Big, honest berry and mint/eucalyptus flavoured wine with a coconutty oak sheen and a hearty, liquorice-tinged finish. Tasty, but feels like last year’s wine. === Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2008, Grampians, Australia | I like the slightly leathery plum and damson fruit, and the notes of mint and black pepper, but overall this is just a bit too rounded and fleshy. As above, honest and tasty, but needs some finesse. === The John Forrest Collection Syrah 2007, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand | Curate’s egg of a wine. I like the brooding dark fruit intensity and notes of black pepper, but there’s also a baked character that speaks of slightly raisinned fruit. However, the loudest flavour is smoky bacon-flavoured oak – do Bacon Fries still exist? – which even two days after opening still dominates the wine. And don't forget, you can your daily dose of Simon Woods here:
Posted September 17, 2012 - Filed in Wine Reviews - # 
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