AusVetia Shiraz 2002
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
The depth of color is dark. The aromas show intense blackberry fruit, pepper and spice. The palate is a big ripe sweet style of cedar and tobacco. 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.
Australian Wine Companion - "Complex array of red and black fruit aromas and flavours plus spice components; 24 months in oak largely integrated."
The Wine Advocate - "A blend of fruit from McLaren Vale, Barossa, and Coonawarra, AusVetia’s inky/ruby/purple-tinged 2002 Shiraz offers peppery scents of blackberries and cassis as well as some blatant new oak. My instincts suggest the latter component will become better integrated with more time in the bottle. With supple tannin and a generous, broad personality, it should evolve for a decade or more."
International Wine Cellar - "Dark red. Exotic oak spice and red berry liqueur on the nose, with a smoky overlay. Very sweet and fat, with a velvet texture and lush raspberry, kirsch, black toffee, molasses and coconut flavors. But this isn't heavy or viscous. The oak stands out right now but this has fruit to burn. Finishes with great power and a sweet note of maraschino cherry, with big but rounded tannins.
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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 and Eden 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.