Shoofly Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Healthy rains in winter and spring set up the vines perfectly and allowed for stress free conditions from veraison to harvesting. On the nose the 2008 shiraz shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit presented on tasting gives way to complex cedar, earth and spice notes, wrapping up with ample structure and grip. The vibrant, juicy fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
Wine Spectator - "Polished and round, with raspberry, blackberry and spice flavors that dance easily over the fine tannins on the finish. Drink now. 7,000 cases imported."
Wine Enthusiast - "Offers plenty of intensity and suppleness, but lacks a touch of freshness. Still, its dark flavors of cooked-down fruit offer enjoyment over the near term when paired with the right dish, like a savory meatloaf. "
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, mocha, licorice and spices on the smoky nose. Juicy, spicy and firm-edged, with a medicinal quality to its dark fruit flavors. Pretty serious for the price point, showing no easy sweetness and finishing with solid back-end grip and an echoing licorice note. "
The Wine Advocate - "Purple-colored, it exhibits a nose of violets, plums, and blueberry. Easy-going and friendly on the palate, it has plenty of ripe flavor and a smooth finish."
Wine & Spirits - "There’s good juice at the heart of this wine, blueberry scented fruit surrounded by coffee like tannins and gingery acidity. It’s thick and ripe, for a charry steak or seared duck breast."
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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. View all Shoofly Wines
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- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
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 the country.
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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5 ratings, 3 with reviews211/28/201137/13/2011
good every day wineMOMark - Hazelwood, MO46/15/2011
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I like this shiraz. It is peppery and has a bold splash of flavors. Good value for a flavorful shiraz.Aimee Smart - Washington, DC24/18/2011DonM - Carson City, NV43/13/2011Excellent everyday wine in the Aussie shiraz style--fruity, but modest on the pepper. Ratings it has received in the high 80s seem about right to me.
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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.
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