Sylvan Springs McLaren Vale Shiraz 2001
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The warmer 2001 vintage was ideal for McLaren Vale Shiraz, allowing the fruit to easily and steadily attain its full ripeness. The result is a Shiraz deep red in colour, displaying rich, ripe berry notes on the nose. Exhibits ripe blackberry and plum fruit flavours, a result of 18 months maturation in a combination of both American oak (predominantly) and French oak.
Drinking very well now, full in flavour, with good structure and length and will continue to develop those wonderful fruit and oak characters over the next 6-8 years.
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby-red. Musky aromas of roasted plum, game, smoke and nutty oak. Fat and sweet; more pliant and generous than this producer's 2001 cabernet, but still possesses sound acidity. Easygoing finish features lush tannins and good length. Aged in three-quarters American and one-quarter French oak."
Sylvan Springs Winery
Sylvan Springs is a boutique winery nestled in the heart of the McLaren Vale region, producing a small but premium range of wines. Their commitment is to consistently produce wines of the highest quality.
Owned and operated by a fourth generation vigneron, David Pridmore is expanding on his family tradition in the local wine industry, which dates back to 1892. It was then that the family first established a vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale.
The Sylvan Springs label is the result of a formidable and enviable combination of premium quality fruit and the exceptional winemaking talents of Brian Light. Only the very best fruit from 45 hectares of premium fruit is retained for the Sylvan Springs label and Brian's extensive knowledge, experience, and success are well known in the industry. These factors, combined with the latest in winemaking techniques, are all an integral part of the foundation on which Sylvan Springs is built. View all Sylvan Springs Wines
About McLaren Vale
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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4 ratings, 3 with reviews46/3/2011
What a nice bottle of wine. The age has added just a touch of brown to the color but the aroma and taste have plenty of fruit left. I was disappointed I didn't buy more.35/8/2011
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Great body but lots of sediment.55/4/201135/3/2011Like eating a plum on a warm summer day lightly sprinkled with pepper. At this price, it's worth getting a couple bottles. The age on this one shows though - store upright for at least a couple of hours and then decant.Related ProductsThis wine shouts its origins in McLaren Vale. Morello cherries, brightraspberry and vanillin aromas come to the fore on the ...
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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%.
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