Climbing Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Defined by altitude, Orange is one of Australia's highest and coolest wine regions starting at 600 meters above sea level. The name Climbing is an active reference to the high altitude of Climbing's vineyard and their continual quest for greater achievement. The vines are low yield, providing intense flavors and even berry ripening.
Winemaker Philip Shaw describes this wine as "having good intense color, rich vibrant fruit and a touch of oak with intense plum fruit dominating. What I like about this wine is that under the plum, some white pepper flavors are emerging, very typical of the Orange region. The Climbing 2005 Shiraz will evolve well with up to 10 years cellaring."
Australian Wine Companion - "An attractive medium-bodied wine with cherry and blackberry fruit, fine tannins and controlled oak. "
The wines of Climbing are sourced from Orange, the Australian wine region in New South Wales, located approximately 125 miles west of Sydney on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Defined by altitude, as well as by soil type and other more common traits of terroir, Orange begins at 1,965 feet (600 meters) above sea level, and is one of Australia’s highest and coolest wine regions. Orange is noted for intense sunlight, which, coupled with the cool growing season, results in wines of great finesse and longevity.
The name Climbing is an active reference to our high vineyard and our continual quest for adventure. The passion of winemaker Philip Shaw has unleashed the potential of the vineyard and the region. View all Climbing Wines
About Other Australia
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 South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
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%.
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Light & Fruity
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