Tintara Shiraz 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The fruit for the Tintara Shiraz, is sourced from premium vineyards of McLaren Vale and is destemmed prior to fermentation, which takes place in small open fermenters. The ferments are tasted twice daily where extraction of colour, flavour and tannins are carefully monitored to achieve a wine of balance, texture and vibrant fruit intensity. Traditional basket presses are used to ensure gentle extraction of tannins. The wine is settled for 24 hours prior to been aged in French and American oak barriques. Each individual vineyard parcel is kept separate prior to blending and bottling for maximum control over the final blend. The resultant wine is a Shiraz bold in style with a wonderful intensity of fruit and silky fine tannins.
The wine presents a complex nose where the aromas of ripe forest fruits computed merge with rich overtones of dark chocolate and gingerbread spice. The wine is plush, juicy and mouth filling, showing concentrated flavours of dark red fruits, plum and cocoa. Sweet vanilla notes along with savoury spice and cedar accompany the fruit contingent, all carried on a balanced structure of fine grained, juicy tannins to give a palate of rich and even persistence.
Australian Wine Companion - "Good colour; an expressive regional bouquet and a medium- to full-bodied palate, black fruits, dark chocolate and mocha oak all in balance; good length. "
Founded in 1862, Tintara remains a testament to quality winemaking, combining age-old methods with new-age technology. The first vines were planted by Dr Alexander Kelly, and in 1863 the first Tintara winery was established at "Upper Tintara". Built against the rolling hills that foot the Mount Lofty Ranges, its ingenious sloping design allowed the labor intensive work to be achieved with the assistance of gravity, which also meant gentler handling of the juice.
In 1878, the Tintara winery and its gravity flow techniques moved to the Old Mortlock Flour Mill in the heart of McLaren Vale, where it remains today. In fact, to this day they use the very same rare basket presses and original slate open fermenting tanks as used in the 19th century. Tintara is a rarity in every sense. View all Tintara Wines
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
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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