2007 Tintara Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia (Previously $18)

SKU #1087483

From the winery: "Concentrated flavours of dark forest fruits, plum and cocoa complement the sweet vanilla oak, along with savoury spice and cedar, all carried on a balanced structure of fine grained, juicy tannins to give a palate of rich and even persistence. Enjoy now, or cellar for 10 years."

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/15/2012  | Send Email
Some of you should remember the 2006 Tintara Shiraz as we sold over a thousand bottles at $9.99 and almost 3,000 bottles of the '06 Cabernet. Well the Shiraz is back in the form of the 2007 vintage and it's a steal at $7.99. The nose shows smoky blue and blackberry fruits coupled with notes of cedar, spice, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of wintermint. On the palate, there is the classic McLaren Vale acidity with supporting silky fine grained tannins that lead to a fine finish. Grab a case to have for your week day wine or the next party you throw.
Top Value!

 By: Mike Kahns |  Review Date: 4/30/2012 
This is pretty good Aussie Shiraz for $8. Good complexity and structure, if I remember correctly under 14% alcohol. A lot to like in addition to price!

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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

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14