Cooralook Shiraz 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
The fruit for this wine was sourced from Vineyards within the Heathcote Region. The 2006/2007 growing season experienced yet another relatively dry winter, some spring rains and above average temperatures early in the growing season assisted in an even budburst and excellent shoot growth development, enabling fruit to ripen effectively.
Deep Ruby with a Brilliant Purple Hue this lovely intense Shiraz fruit leaps from the glass. Dark berry fruit, spice and cloves are dominant. There is complexity already evident on this brooding young wine with underlying scents of pepper, provincial herbs and classy French oak.
Wine & Spirits - "Here's a steal: A cool river of red cherry and strawberry richness, tart, gamey and pleasantly old-fashioned in style. The red fruit deepens to darker plum in the finish. "
Cooralook expresses the vineyard and terroir of Victoria. The very essence of the wine is fresh, contemporary and unrestrained. Each vineyard has been selected for the purpose of growing quality wine for specific varieties. From the cool climate conditions of the Mornington Peninsula for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to the Cambrian soil of Heathcote. View all Cooralook Wines
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland is a bit warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
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
- 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.