2009 Oliverhill "Red Silk" Shiraz Mclaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $22)

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, 2009 Red Silk Shiraz has aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, green peppercorns and red currant over dried leaves and loam. Full bodied with plenty of vibrant primary fruit on the palate, it has crisp acid, a medium-firm level of chunky tannins and a long finish with lingering dried Mediterranean herb flavors lending freshness. Drinking now, it should continue to give pleasure through 2016." 91 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Bright purple. Ripe, spicy black raspberry and cherry-cola on the nose, along with a suave, building floral quality. Plush red berry flavors stain the palate, with tangy minerality providing energy. Finishes long and sweet, with excellent lift and harmonious tannins. I like this wine's blend of richness and energy." "Don't let the Bettie Page-like label on this wine fool you, this is pretty serious juice for the money. And, for a good reason. From 2001 to 2007 this wine was the Jimmy's Section made by Oliverhill and received 92 (once)-96 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Starting with the '08 vintage and now the '09, they declassified that wine into "Red Silk" and at a very friendly price point. The nose offers notes of mocha, blackberry, blueberry spice and earth. On the palate, the wine is rich, but, displays the classic McLaren Vale acidity in the mid-palate framed by fine tannins and a juicy long finish. (Jim Chanteloup K&L Australian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2011 | Send Email
Far too many wonderful wines are relegated to obscurity because they fail to captivate the eye when lying patiently recumbent on our shelves. I could name a hundred wines or more that fall into that category, like those mutable, marbled moths in the Amazon rainforest that so merge and blend into the tawny background as to remain unnoticed, and to their survival, often ignored. Point being, that without prior knowledge of the specific wine or region, many customers will gloss over dozens of wine labels, their eyes moving along until….aha, what is this, a tattoo design? A coquettish, curvaceous woman in bright red silk, echoing a different era, when such brazen images adorned squadrons of planes and warships during the Second World War- yes, alright, but wine, how is the wine? As Jimmy C., our intrepid and consummate Commonwealth buyer noted, this is 'serious' stuff, built from the soil up, with enough powerful, energetic juice to start your engine— the slightly cooler McLaren Vale is home to some of the most polished, effortlessly-smooth and spicy Shiraz wines in all of Australia, where the climate often willingly cooperates with the vines, allowing perfect ripening, good acidity and tinges of iron-red minerality and minty eucalyptus, without compromising attractive berry sweetness, smooth spice and irrepressible blackberry and cola flavors. A lot of pleasure in an attractive bottle.

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2011 | Send Email
Okay, I'm not usually that comfortable seeing the words "Jimmy" and declassified together, but, in this case it's a bonus. Under the "Jimmy's Section" designation from Oliverhill the wine garnered 92-96 points from The Wine Advocate for seven years in a row. The bouquet soars with blueberry and red berry fruits accented by a mocha note. On the palate the wine is plush with yes, "silky" tannins supported by classic juicy McLaren Vale acidity. While in this incarnation it received one less point the '07 Jimmy's, it's $10+ dollars cheaper. Don't miss this superb value.
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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14