Shoofly Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- screw cap wine
The 2005 Shiraz expresses oodles of spicy dark berry fruits, plums, cassis and earthy mint. On
the palate, it's a succulent thunderbolt of pure Shiraz, right down to the last gulp. Made with
structure and grip, the vibrant, juicy length lingers with a clean "have another glass" finish.
Drink now or hide in the cellar for 3 years.
"The 2005 Shiraz is purple-colored with aromas of smoke and blueberry. Medium-bodied, with
ample spicy fruit, it offers good concentration, depth, and balance. Drink it over the next 2-3
"Fresh and lively, with a smoky edge to the blackberry and cherry flavors."
"Dark red. Youthful pepper-accented cassis and blackberry on the nose, with a suggestion
of cracked pepper. Fleshy in texture, with jammy dark berry flavors, soft acidity and a hint of floral pastille. Very persistent sweet blackberry and kirsch on the finish. Vaguely liqueur-like but there's good acid lift and thrust here. Remains just this side of sweet." Stephen Tanzer's
International Wine Cellar
Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.
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About Other Australia
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.
Like 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
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
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.
9 ratings, 7 with reviews
I did not like this wine.
This is a great easy drinking Shiraz. I think it is smooth and very flavorful. It is consistently in my wine rack.
This wine was a great surprise, very fruit forward and full of life
Excellent party wine; crowd pleaser
Went over well with friends and dinner. Blackberry and plum evident and somewhat spicy. Would purchase again.
We're not experts! but we didn't care for this one.
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%.
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.