Greg Norman Estates Shiraz/Cabernet 2008
Other Red Blends from Coonawarra, Australia
This wine is a lustrous crimson color. Richly defined aromas of red berry, dark cherry, and blackberry are complimented on the palate with generous flavors of juicy dark fruits. The palate is enhanced with savory characteristics of olive, cassis and brown spice. Subtle and deft oak handling has ensured the flavors are supported but not overwhelmed by oak character, only contributing to the fine structure of the wine. The regional varietal characters of the Limestone Coast Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon compliment each other and combine to create an outstanding medium bodied classic Australian blend.
The Wine Advocate - "The fruit for the 2008 Limestone Coast Shiraz Cabernet is sourced from Mt. Benson, Robe, Coonawarra and Padthaway. Blended of 64% Shiraz and 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, it gives a very deep garnet purple color and pronounced blackberry and blackcurrant notes with some chocolate, mint and Mediterranean herbs. The concentrated, full bodied palate is well structured with high acidity and a medium level of grainy tannins, finishing long and fruity. Drink it now to 2014. "
Greg Norman Estates Winery
Greg Norman's passion for fine wine was the genesis of Greg Norman Estates - a collection of wines produced from some of the finest growing regions in Australia, California and Argentina. While his well-documented wins on the golf course have assured his place in golf history, off the course, Greg's passion and enthusiasm for wine and his zest and dedication for living well have combined to create a stunning collection of high-quality wines from some of his favorite parts of the world. View all Greg Norman Estates Wines
About CoonawarraView a map of Coonawarra wineries
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is actually the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular, but Cabernet grown in the Terra Rossa shows a sense of place, and the wines are in high demand. The wine is elegant in structure, with prominent acidity and firm tannins, but full of ripe fruit flavors typical of Australia's style.
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.