Cooralook Shiraz 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia

Item No. 108974
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP90
  • JH90
  • WS90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Deep ruby in color this wine exhibits a complex array of raspberry, dark berry and plum fruit characters with hints of spice and tobacco. The palate is rich in fruit and intensity, but retains its elegance through its wonderful texture. The 2008 Cooralook Shiraz embodies the affinity between the Heathcote region and the shiraz grape.

Critical Acclaim

"Supple in texture and generous in flavor, with cherry and spice notes playing against mineral character as the medium-weight finish folds them all together. Drink now through 2016."
90 Points

"The 2008 Shiraz gives a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of warm blackberries, black raspberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cumin seeds, plus a whiff of star anise. Crisp acid and a medium level of rounded tannins structure the generously fruited, full bodied palate, giving a long harmonious finish. It is ideal for drinking now if you enjoy primary freshness, or cellar to 2016 for a less fruity, spicier expression. "
90 Points

"Deep crimson-purple; a spicy, black fruit bouquet leads into a supple, medium-bodied palate, blackberry to the fore, but also with notes of licorice and spice. Cellar-worthy."
90 Points

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Learn About Cooralook

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.

Learn About Victoria

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...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(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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