We’re so excited about three very special new additions to our collection, that we just had to write a blog about it! Today we are launching three very highly rated Australian Shiraz wines from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Intense, powerful and complex - everything you would expect from premium wines produced in these world renowned regions. In our view, a real treat for Aussie Shiraz fans and all drinking well today.
First off, we have the the wonderful Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2006 from the McLaren Vale. This wine delivers "complex notes of pepper, spice box, bacon, blueberry and blackberry liqueur. It has gobs of fruit and a velvety texture" (Jay Miller). A rich, powerful, intense example, bursting with fruit, spice and savoury flavours. Produced from low-medium yielding, dry grown 45 year old vines and the wine was matured in French oak for 18 months of which 85% was new oak.
Moving on to the Barossa Valley we have the acclaimed Standish The Standish Shiraz 2005. "This wine was sourced from a 98-year-old vineyard in Vine Vale and aged for 36 months in seasoned French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has an expressive bouquet of balsam wood, spice box, lavender, blueberry, and black raspberry. This leads to a dense, rich, savory Shiraz with layers of fruit, outstanding concentration, and enough stuffing to evolve for 3-4 years. This lengthy effort will be at its best from 2011 to 2022".
Finally, and possibly the star of the selection, we have Two Hands Zippy's Block Shiraz 2005, a 99 point rated wine, also from the Barossa Valley. "Glass-staining purple color. A huge, intensely perfumed bouquet expresses floral- and mineral-accented cassis, blueberry, plum and cherry, with a good dose of sexy oak (this saw 35% new French barriques). Surprisingly fresh and energetic on the palate, with bright redcurrant, raspberry and blackcurrant flavors accented by Asian spices. Silky tannins give shape to this wine, which gains further in brightness on the long, spicy, raspberry-infused finish" (Vinous).
Together we call these our Ultimate Shiraz Selection. If you're a Shiraz fan (and even if you aren't) we hope you will try them and enjoy them as much as we do.
As you know, here at Woodshire Wines we are passionate about our wines and the great winemakers that make it possible for us all to enjoy them. Please feel free to leave a comment on the blog. Indeed if there is a topic you’d like us to blog about or a particular wine you’d like us to consider adding to our range just let us know.