Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
Georgia's Paddock Shiraz is a deep magenta color, a perfect indicator of its intensity on the palate. The 2006 vintage offers up scents of ripe, red fruit aromas complemented by earthy spice and pepper. The aromas follow through to the palate where silky, supple tannins and great natural acidity expand on the elegant finish. This wine will cellar beautifully for ten years or more.
Australian Wine Companion - "Slightly brighter hue than Emily's; a full-bodied wine that carries its alcohol with ease, the savoury, spicy, earthy elements to the dark fruit background providing both texture and balance."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Shiraz Georgia’s Paddock was aged in 30% new oak. Aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, blueberry, blackberry, and licorice lead to a full-bodied, structured, succulent Shiraz with plenty of spice and floral notes emerging on the palate. Give it 4-5 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2026."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Youthfully brooding at first sniff, offering slow-to-open cassis and plum aromas along with mace, allspice and dried flowers. Brighter raspberry and blackberry on the palate, enlivened by smoky minerals, baking spices and a candied floral note. Lots of material here but the wine is reluctant to give up much right now. The spicy notes repeat on the long, chewy finish. Hands off.
Wine & Spirits - "A big, black wine from Georgia's Paddock, this vintage shows its alcohol in warm flavors of mincemeat and oak. There's also a lot of floral character, with scents of forsythia and mint sparking off the wine's power. Needing age to show its best, this should evolve with another five years in bottle. For roast duck with tapenade."
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Jasper Hill Winery
Our aim is to make great wine, with the preservation of nature's flavours, complexities and balance in our wines by using minimal intervention in our vineyards and in the cellar - to allow the individual vineyard's "terroir" or sense of place to express itself.
Our wines are produced entirely on the estate using organic/biodynamic principles. We produce our own organic compost and have never used synthetic chemicals on either the vines or the soils, since our vineyards were planted in 1975.
Viticultural practices are as close to nature as we can get them: own rooted vines (ie. not grafted on to American rootstocks to confer Phylloxera resistance), no irrigation whatsoever, minimal tillage, natural inter-row mulching leading to broad bio-diversity, in turn giving depth and intensity to our wines. Only hand pruning of the vines and hand harvesting of the fruit can allow us the human connection to our living soil.
Minimal intervention is used during fermentation and maturation, allowing terroir or earth character of the individual paddock or plot to emerge in the wine. More importantly the grapes at harvest are flavour ripe, regardless of sugar ripeness. View all Jasper Hill 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 the cool-climate Yarra Valley, Yarra Valley, a producer of quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well the warmer 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 gets 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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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.