The 2004 Annie's Lane Shiraz is dark, plummy red in color. Aromas of spice, pepper
and dark berry fruit characterise the lifted nose. The palate has subtle integrated oak
and silky tannins, creating a luscious mouthfeel to support the spicy cherry and
blackberry fruit flavors.
Food pairings: Beef Wellington with glazed winter vegetables
Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for 5 to 7 years.
"This is an outstanding value." -International Wine Cellar
"...this bargain-priced beauty is more about displaying the Clare Valley terroir than simple fruit or oak, unusual in this price range..." -Wine Enthusiast
"For smoky, grilled meats, pizzas and veggies, I love the spicy richness of the Annie's Lane McLaren Vale Shiraz from Australia—it's perfect for a barbecue crowd." -Decanter
"What I like best about it is that it's not overripe, so it maintains enough acidity to make it a good food wine in a category where many similar wines are not." -San Francisco Chronicle
Annie's Lane Winery
Annie Wayman was a legend in the Clare Valley. She could always be relied upon to bring along sandwiches and a warm drink to harvesters and pruners in the vineyard at the turn of the 20th century. One evening, Annie's horse and cart got bogged in a lane adjacent to one of the valley's best vineyards. Thus, Annie's Lane was born.
Annie' s Lane is now one of the finest wineries in Australia's renowned Clare Valley and represents the finest vineyards in one of South Australia's great regions. The Annie's Lane wines rely on regional and varietal expression and have been awarded with over 350 trophies and medals at wine shows in Australia and across the globe since the first release in 1996. The most successful of all the wines has been the super-premium Copper Trail Shiraz.
The home of Annie's Lane is the heritage listed Quelltaler winery at the heart of Watervale, in the Clare Valley's south. Quelltaler is the region's oldest and most important winery, dating back to 1863. Fruit for Annie's Lane is sourced from magnificent old Watervale vines as well as from vineyards to the north in the Polish Hill River sub-district where the cooler ripening period and extraordinary slate riddled soils combine to create an unmistakable stamp of the Clare Valley.
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Known for its Rieslings, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a character all their own. The lime and mineral flavors, paired with zesty acidity, make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with seafood.
Since this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Despite the fairly warm temperatures, the acidity in Clare Valley red wines are typically higher than wines produced further south. Good structure is a key characteristic, making Clare Valley wines ideal for pairing with food.
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, 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.
For its price, this wine has tremendous body, bouquet, and flavor that will rival those costing much more. It paired very well with Italian and Chinese. I hope I can find this year in stock but I been having a difficult time finding it in the NYC area. If you are lucky to have the wine in your area, buy a case. Drink one now and save the rest for a few more years as its taste will reward you, now and even more later.
As the review title says. A good slugger wine for evenings after work. Priced right to open every night without breaking the bank. Not to over the top jammyness like some Shiraz. Best after about an hour of opening.
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 & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.