Plantagenet Hazard Hill Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
2006 was the coolest vintage experienced on record since 1982, which saw restrained, zippy and lighter styles of wine produced than usual. Fruit was harvested much later than normal, however in the warmer regions of Western Australia this fruit was sufficiently ripe yet without excessively ripe flavours.
The 2006 Hazard Hill Shiraz was fermented at warm temperatures in closed fermenters then pressed gently to ensure minimal extraction of harsh, bitter tannins. Each batch was matured separately in a combination of stainless steel tank and oak barrels prior to blending and bottling. Micro-oxidation was employed to some degree with the stainless steel-matured batches in order to harmonise the structure.
Aromas of red berries and plums lead with a dash of dusty vanilla. The fleshy palate shows blueberries, raspberries and ripe plums with edges of mixed herbs and zante currants. Silky tannins offer understated support the length of the palate, finishing crisp and clean with just enough structure.
Wine Enthusiast - "A terrific value, Plantagenet's 2006 Hazard Hill Shiraz is a silky, feminine-styled Shiraz that starts with smoky, slightly floral notes, then adds in peppery spice, delicate red berries and just a hint of chocolate before leaving your mouth watering on the finish. Drink now. "
The first vines were planted in 1968 at "Bouverie" Denbarker. These consisted of 4 1/2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Plantagenet Wines now has boosted the total acreage to 100, including Malbec, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Plantagenet aims to make elegant, structured wines that have complexity, finesse and balance. View all Plantagenet Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
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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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsKiwipainter - Menlo Park, CA27/30/2010Still a little sharp, but fair value.Kiwipainter - Menlo Park, CA17/30/2010This is still too sharp, even for its cheap price. Yes I know that you only get what you pay for, but not with Aussie wines, often. There is a tremendous amount of sediment, which could have been racked off.