Green Point Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
The dense, rich color indicates the power and intensity of fruit, with complexity and elegance the truly distinguishing characters of this wine. Bright blackberry, maraschino cherry and satsuma plum aromas are enriched with anise, liquorice and subtle roasted spice from ageing in French oak. Succulent texture and supple tannins extend throughout the palate, and red liquorice flavors provide a long, distinctive finish.
Fruit for the Victorian Shiraz is sourced from several cool climate regions including the Yarra Valley, Heathcote and Bendigo with each region providing complexity to the blend. Yarra Valley Shiraz grown on sedimentary soils around our own Green Point vineyard is typically fragrant and spicy. Heathcote Shiraz grown on the deep red soils of the Mt Camel Range is bright and deeply colored with fresh blackberry flavors. Bendigo Shiraz grown on alluvial soils contributes savory tannins with hints of eucalypt and the inland climate of the northern foothills of the Great Dividing Range provides Shiraz with rich structure and weight.
Australian Wine Companion - "Aromatic spicy red and black fruits lead into an attractive, medium-bodied but long palate, with delicious red fruit flavour, polished tannins and French oak."
Green Point Winery
In the 1840s, when the Yarra Valley in Victoria was first settled by Europeans, they observed that one particular spur of land leading down to the Yarra river always remained green longer as summer advanced. They called it "Green Point." It stayed green because the deep weathered siltstone soils on this spur retain moisture longer than other areas in the valley. These soils, in combination with the Yarra Valley's cool climate, proved to be an ideal "terroir" for grape growing and grapes have been grown on these slopes since the 1850s.
Moët & Chandon acquired the site in 1986 and today it is where they grow high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Green Point still wines. They have selected other sites in Victoria and the Yarra Valley that provide the ideal marriage of "terroir" with variety for the other Green Point varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz). View all Green Point Wines
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland is a bit warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
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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- 5 Stars: 7
- 4 Stars: 11
- 3 Stars: 5
- 2 Stars: 6
- 1 Stars: 5
34 ratings, 25 with reviewsfotojoe - Venice, CA39/9/2008You've got to be kidding me. I'd give it a 86.Tim Fildes - Vancouver, WA31/22/2009This may rank around number 4 out of the last 8 Australian Shiraz wines I've tasted in these past 6 months, so I'd say it's in the middle of the pack for me. Not a fruit bomb, which is a positive quality for me. Also, the alcohol does not intrude so much on the finish. Overall, this is a fair bargain, but not one of the real stars of the $15-20 range.Dilip Lokre - San Pablo, CA21/8/2009I was surprised to note that this wine was not corked but had metal cap. Also did not meet my expectatin in terms of maturity and its taste on palate.111/24/2009I agree with those rating it poorly. I don't know how this is even a rated wine much less the extremely high 95. This is by far the worst wine I have ever sampled.Geneva Sandusky - Denver, CO111/29/2009Screw top... Fair for $12.9958/30/2009paired with this receipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grilled-Steaks-with-Blue-Cheese-and-Chiles-231876 excellent!Donna L - Medford, NY54/18/2009Excellent wine! Not overly tannin rich, velvety and clean on the palate. Great for pairing with BBQ or Filet Mignon.The Happy Wino - Paso Robles, CA57/19/2009What a shock to the senses (in a good way)! This wine is fabulous. Deep, dark purple; barely letting the light get thru. A bouquet of vanilla with a pleasant earthiness that perks you up for the coming taste. And then - POW! Chocolate, licorice and then more of that silky vanilla as it lingers on to an exquisite finish, just melting away like a slow sunset. Only, unlike a sunset, you get to have another sip. It was a beautiful day in the hot sun by the pool today and now we've got the BBQ going. I opened this wine and it completed the day. Perfection. An incredible deal at this price!211/22/2009JH rating got this one wrong. For me undrinkable. It has a Boone's Farm bite to it that makes even trying to assess it impossible.Michael Moll - Walsenburg, CO211/22/2009Undrinkable, period. Unfortunately I bought 2 and will use it for cooking. I agree with the sad state of the rating system.110/24/2009I am extremely disappointed at this dishonest rating system. 95 for this wine? This is the most unethical marketing approach to sell a below average win as something that is not.512/7/2009I do not understand the one star ratings. This was an excellent sipping wine. I did decant it first.44/3/2009This is a wonderful, rich & deluxe Shiraz. It drinks like a wine twice its price or more.John Iacuone - Bonita Springs, FL47/24/2009Solid performer, better with breathing overnight. Robust, with good lingering taste. Not as comples as I would have hoped but very drinkable.Bernadette Seneca - Colts Neck, NJ45/20/2009The wine was dry and had a nice finish. Very good wine for the price.44/8/2009this is so smooth and a great bargain for the price. just a delightDarin Black - Los Angeles, CA56/21/2009Took this bottle to a bbq. Everyone loved. Great tasting, smooth, well worth the price. I usually dont believe ratings numbers. This one is very goodMattV - Lake Oswego, OR18/4/2009I didn't expect much due to the price, but this wine underwhelmed. All three tasters decided to dump it and move on...410/21/2009Am an Aussie Shiraz fan; have tried many vinters (8?) large and small down under, abroad, and on US Market. I would accept this as one of the best values. Have to admit would prefer cork to tin but it's was a very nice Saturday wine to share with a friend, some hard cheese, and some chocolate.David Conder - Strasburg, CO34/11/2009Rich, smooth shiraz but nothing special. A bit acidic but not overpowering. Not bad for the price, but not amazing.Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC33/23/2009At $10 a bottle, this dark, spicy, bold Shiraz is a good purchase. A dollar more, and I'd think twice.Marty Moss - Henderson, NV59/23/2009This is the best 12.99 wine that anyone could ever purchase.Lynne H - Richmond, TX45/18/2009This wine was wonderful27/9/2009Surprisingly not what I expected from a 95 rating. Not bad. Fair price. Just wasn't up to expectations. Happens to the best of us.43/24/2009I liked this wine but it didn't stand out. There are several others out there that equal this one and I think it would come down to price when deciding to purchase again.
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.
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