2012 Shoofly Wines Shiraz South Australia

SKU #1142691 92 points James Halliday

 SPECIAL VALUE SELECTION Full purple-crimson; the complex black fruits and spice bouquet leads into a richly robed, medium- to full-bodied palate where fruit, tannins and an infusion of smoky oak all coalesce. Exceptionally well priced.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: A 'growers' wine, this Shiraz is sourced from a collection of top South Australian vineyards with robust flavors of dark berry and a lifted savory spiciness from the cooler sites. McLaren Vale’s temperate maritime climate offers rich, ripe fruit characters and great acid balance. Padthaway and Adelaide enjoy a cool and continental climate, perfect for producing spicy fruit. The finished wine is carefully aged for 10 months in seasoned American and French oak barrels.

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/17/2013  | Send Email
On the heels of the great value you may have tasted in the Shoofly Pinot comes this excellent value in their Shiraz.The nose offers blue and blackberry fruit with a nod to the Northern Rhone meaty character. On the palate the wine is rich and juicy without being heavy due to good supporting acidity and supple velvety tannins that lead to a persistent finish. This is a great everyday and party wine that's just really easy to like.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/14/2013  | Send Email
What a great value in Aussie Shiraz. This fruit is picked from some great vineyards around South Australia and the blend of Shiraz sources works really well to create a big, rich wine with lots of concentration while retaining balance and freshness rather than jammy flavors. A great everyday drinker as we start to head into the winter months when we all need something hearty and warming. This one is made for immediate enjoyment and easy quaffing! Cheers.
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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