2008 Heartland Shiraz South Australia

SKU #1055286

According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The purple-colored 2008 Shiraz (100%) spent 12 months in American and French oak, 10% of the latter new. It emits an attractive perfume of violets, incense, meat and blueberry leading to a fleshy, ripe, sweetly fruited Shiraz with a bit of underlying structure and 1-2 years of aging potential although there is no reason to delay gratification." (12/09) And from Wine Spectator: "Smooth and generous, delivering a mouthful of juicy blackberry, black currant, black pepper and spice flavors. This has plenty to offer without going over the top. Drink now through 2015." (06/10) And 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Dark berries, cherry, woodsmoke and a whiff of black pepper on the nose. Fairly rich and ripe, but with firm acidity giving juiciness and spine to the dark fruit flavors. Not a fleshy wine but quite energetic, finishing with firm, dusty tannins and good cling." (Jul/Aug 10)

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 By: Michael Berry |  Review Date: 3/20/2010 
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This would be a good buy at twice the cost; a real workhorse of the wine cellar, a go-to wine you can enjoy any day of the week, serve to guests with confidence alongside a wide range of fare, or pack on a picnic (it has a screw top). It starts out with plenty of fruit (blackberry, to my taste), but dosn't seem viscous and syrupy like some Shiraz can be. The mellow entry is complimented with some mineral accents and a refreshing amount of acidity, finishing with some understaed but present spices and tannins, all in very satisfying proportions. I recommend it highly.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- 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.
Country:

Australia

- 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia