AusVetia Shiraz 2001
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
The depth of color is dark and thick, tending toward black. The aromas show intense blackberry fruit, pepper and spice. The palate is a big ripe sweet style with rich intensity with lingering flavors of cedar and tobacco drawn in part from the oak. Whilst a powerful style, shows a degree of softness and balance. Key element is the overwhelming fruity nature and the soft but strong oak tannin. An exceptional year. Well below average yields, but wines big structured and deeply colored and flavored.
The Wine Advocate - "This exuberant, blockbuster Shiraz possesses a dense plum/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of graphite, blackberries, cassis, acacia flowers, and pepper. Deep, flamboyant, rich, and voluptuously-textured..."
Australian Wine Companion - "Medium to full-bodied; ripe blackberry fruit with touches of spice and oak; ripe tannins in support."
AusVetia in a partnership between Kym Tolley of Penley Estate and Swiss owner Tim Abegg, using grapes from Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra, and including a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. View all AusVetia Wines
About South AustraliaMcLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.