Hesketh The Protagonist Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
Fruit for The Protagonist is sourced from two low yielding mature vineyards (approx 30 years old) located on the western and southern edges of the valley in the Tanunda and Lyndoch sub regions of the Barossa Valley. Fruit is picked at optimum ripeness, with individual parcels matched to a selection of new and older American and French Oak where it was matured for 14 months prior to blending and bottling. The Protagonist was bottled with minimal filtration to maintain intensity of colour, structure and flavor.
Deep ruby red color with purple hues. Aroma: Raspberry & cherry fruits, mocha, vanilla, cedar, dark chocolate and plums. Palate: Generous and ripe, but not overpoweringly so. Ripe cherry fruits, with hints of vanilla, chocolate and some licorice spice. Primary fruit and oak flavors are balanced neatly with natural acidity to provide restraint and elegance to the persistent finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "Full-bodied and creamy in texture, this is a big, plummy Shiraz, made complex by hinits of mocha and roasted meat. it's long, lush and berry-laden on the finish. Drink now -2015. "
During a fleeting half century in the global wine community, the Hesketh family has always followed the path less travelled by. As a result our winemaking philosophy is somewhat different. We only produce wines from the most celebrated grape varieties, from only the most acclaimed regions for producing those varieties, wherever they may be, anywhere in the world. Follow your own path. Eat well. Drink well. View all Hesketh Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
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.