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The color of this wine is a very deep red, dark and opaque - typical of Cape d'Estaing wines. The nose is lifted, ripe and forward showing generous plummy Shiraz notes with plenty of complementary oak. The palate is big and full, with rich lingering Shiraz flavors such as spice, plums and berry fruits. The structure is solid and complete with the young tannins providing a great backbone to the palate. The wine was aged in a combination of French (60%) and American oak - 80% hogsheads and 20% barriques. 78% of the barrels were new and the remainder had been used once before. This is a wine, which will mature beautifully for 10 - 15 years. It has great flavor and very good ripe firm structure that will ensure it can really benefit from time in bottle.
Cape d'Estaing is located on Kangaroo Island, one the most beautiful locations in Australia. It's right off the coast of Adelaide and when you stand on the souther shore all you see is water between you and the South Pole. This is a new viticultural region that is raising eyebrows right out of the gate. Cape d'Estaing wines are made in the vineyard, with super small yields and a commitment to quality.
They produce a Shiraz and a Cabernet Sauvignon, with all the grapes grown in a 6 year old, 25 acre vineyard on the north coast of Kangaroo Island. Winemakers Mike Farmilo and Robin Moody.
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New...Read More About Other Australia
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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