Oliverhill Red Silk Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
The fruit is hand picked determined by flavour, then is destemmed and crushed into 3t open fermenters.The Shiraz is inoculated with Lalvin Syrah yeast. Hand plunging takes place four times per day. The wine is fermented to dryness on skins, average twelve to fourteen days. It is then basket pressed, transferred to tank and left overnight to settle before being put into barrel. Barrels are a combination of Vicard, Cadus and Saury. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel; the wine is then racked three times over the seventeen months. The wine is then course filtered, sulphured and bottled. All process takes place on premise.
Grilled red meats, mushroom dishes, lamb chops.
"Deep garnet-purple colored, 2009 Red Silk Shiraz has aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, green peppercorns and red currant over dried leaves and loam. Full bodied with plenty of vibrant primary fruit on the palate, it has crisp acid, a medium-firm level of chunky tannins and a long finish with lingering dried Mediterranean herb flavors lending freshness. Drinking now, it should continue to give pleasure through 2016.
The Wine Advocate
"Bright purple. Ripe, spicy black raspberry and cherry-cola on the nose, along with a suave, building floral quality. Plush red berry flavors stain the palate, with tangy minerality providing energy. Finishes long and sweet, with excellent lift and harmonious tannins. I like this wine's blend of richness and energy.
International Wine Cellar
"Supple, complex and inviting, offering a dazzling mix of cherry, guava, orange peel and licorice flavors that swirl together seamlessly, with fine tannins framing the generous finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases imported. "
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Learn About Oliverhill
Oliverhill is a small boutique winery (McLaren Vale has been refined to as the spiritual home of the small winery in Australia) that specializes in premium quality limited production reds. Specifically, a single vineyard Shiraz, Jimmy Section, coming from a small 5-acre plot planted nearly 30 years ago an old vine Grenache, Bradey Block, made from vines up to 80 years old and a...
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Learn About McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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