Shirvington Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
With a rich and dark hue; this Shiraz is dense and brooding. Starting with aromas of plum jam and mulberry fruit, the clove and cinnamon spice come through and give some lovely complexity. The palate is rich and round, with dense fruit characters, but also freshness and hints of violet floral characters. The wine develops in the mid palate and shows more savory spice and dark chocolate characters. The wine has fine tannins and a lingering finish. It is drinking well now and will cellar well for some years.
The Wine Advocate - "Shirvington's 2008 Shiraz gives a deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of warm black cherries and black raspberries over anise, chocolate box, allspice and vanilla pod. Very full-bodied and concentrated with 16% declared alcohol, this is a big mouthful yet well balanced with crisp acidity and medium-firm fine tannins, finishing long. Approachable now, it should blossom with another couple of years in bottle and drink through 2020+."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque purple. Powerful, deeply scented aromas of black and blue fruits, cola, incense and vanilla, plus hints of dried flowers and licorice. Ripe, fleshy and palate-coating, offering sweet boysenberry and blueberry flavors, a velvety texture and a late note of sassafras. Very rich shiraz with a strong finishing note of dark fruit liqueur and surprising vivacity. Highly concentrated but avoids heaviness; I'd hold off on opening this for another four or five years."
Wine Enthusiast - "Full-bodied and creamy-textured, this is a big (16% abv) yet beautiful example of McLaren Vale Shiraz, with ample toast and vanilla from oak maturation balanced by bold raspberry fruit and plenty of meaty, savory complexity. The long, supple finish suggests a drinking window from now through 2016"
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Our story started in 1996 when we, the Shirvington Family (Lynne, Paul and sons Tony and Mark), purchased 16 hectares of prime land in Willunga, South Australia. After extensive researching and touring of Australia’s major wine regions, this area was chosen for its ability to consistently produce outstanding table wines of great character and quality. Willunga is just south of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an area internationally renowned for its red wine, in particular Shiraz.
In the winter of 1996, work began on the development of our first vineyard, Redwind.
Further purchases in 1997 and 2001 saw the development of two new vineyards, Kurrawyba and Manjalda, in McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale.
Working closely with our viticulturist and winemakers, the quality of fruit was such that our first commercial release, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded Wine of the Year at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show. This wine, coupled with our 2001 Shiraz, was the first to be selected by Dan Philips of The Grateful Palate, for distribution in the United States.
We will continue to produce wines that are testimony to McLaren Vale’s great reputation.
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About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
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.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are 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.