Shoofly Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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.
"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."
"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. "
"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. "
International Wine Cellar
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
Wine & Spirits
Big & Bold
I like this shiraz. It is peppery and has a bold splash of flavors. Good value for a flavorful shiraz.
Excellent 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.
Big & Bold
good every day wine
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Learn About Shoofly
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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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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