Plantagenet Hazard Hill Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
A savory dusty aroma of liquorice and cocoa powder with ripe prune/plumy fruit aromas reflecting the very warm vintage. A lush, plump, soft and supple wine that seeps across the palate, with fleshy fruit notes of prunes and stewed cherries, and a dash of spice finishing with structured silky fine tannins and a soft warm finish.
The Wine Advocate - "This tasting of 2008 Hazard Hill Shiraz was a tank sample that was ready for bottling. It gives a deep garnet-purple color and intense aromas of spicy blackberry, blueberry and freshly crushed black pepper. It's quite peppery on the palate with a medium to full body, medium to high acidity and a medium level of velvety tannins, finishing long. It will be good for drinking 2011 to 2014+.
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Spicy red berries and flowers on the nose, with a deeper cherry note in the background. Jammy raspberry and cherry flavors show good breadth and gentle spicy cut. Open-knit and ready to drink, leaving raspberry and white pepper notes behind on the juicy finish. "
Wine Spectator - "The intense red offers a whoosh of raspberry and fresh red pepper flavors that rev up over the palate, finishing tightly packed. Drink now through 2016. 1,500 cases imported."
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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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