Fetish The Watcher Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
#61 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The Watcher. It is an image steeped in legend and mystery. It implies transcendence and authority. The Watcher is a being of knowledge, of understanding, of concern, of influence.
At Fetish Wines, we value this level of attention to every step of the winemaking process, from the soil to the bottle. We do not want to manipulate wine, but to craft it by the subtle direction that can only be achieved through an intimate relationship with the land.
For this wine, Rolf Binder is The Watcher
Wine Spectator - "Fresh and vibrant, this is medium-weight and juicily focused to show its blackberry, black plum and white pepper flavors, lingering with hints of white chocolate on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 8,000 cases made."
Wine Enthusiast - "A nicely balanced Barossa Shiraz, the 2008 The Watcher avoids any sense of raisining or overripeness that may sometimes be found in wines from this vintage. Plum and savory notes are complemented by subtle oaking, and the overall impression is of ripe, creamy-textured fruit balanced by crisp acids. Drink now–2018."
Fetish Wine was introduced with the release of the 2004 vintage "The Watcher," a Barossa Valley Shiraz made by Rolf Binder at his acclaimed Veritas Winery. The brand combined high-quality wine, a prestigious appellation and a celebrity winemaker all wrapped up in cutting edge packaging.
Shortly after this initial release a new project came together, this time partnering with Wayne Dutschke to produce the "Field of Dreams" Barossa Moscato. This wine brought a new, and very different, facet of Australian winemaking into the Fetish portfolio. The distinctive blue bottle and colorful label contributed to the Fetish Wines theme of being consistently different.
2007 saw the second release of "The Watcher" Shiraz, which received an even greater reception in the USA marketplace than its initial release, and the introduction of "Playmates." An additional wine made for Fetish by Rolf Binder, "Playmates" is a Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro with eye-catching black-and-white artwork. The second release of "Field of Dreams" Moscato will be available before the end of the year. View all Fetish Wines
About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly 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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- 5 Stars: 5
- 4 Stars: 13
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 3
- 1 Stars: 1
24 ratings, 11 with reviewsRuth - Danville, CA15/11/2013Not one of my better purchases. Harsh, almost bitter. Will not try this again any time soon. Tried it again Jan 2015 - not much improvement.41/30/2013Very Good. Priced and rated appropriately.511/11/2012good for KDR liked. Party members likedRobert Vizza - San Francisco, CA410/19/201248/3/2012
Shiraz from Australia-pepery and stylish perfect - killer shirazwine educator - Newport, OR47/13/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
This Shiraz really delivers! Dark ruby/purple, pepper & spice, full mouth-feel, lingering finish. I bought some more.47/1/2012Michael Hoeh - New York, NY45/23/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
Everything you would hope for in a Shiraz. Bold and rich. Was a perfect wine for a cheese and wine cocktail party.25/30/2012
- Big & Bold
Corey Bragg - Springfield, OR24/20/2012
- Smooth & Supple
very sweet, not my taste.Loaf - Denver, CO44/13/2011
- Light & Fruity
Well rounded, tannins not too harsh. This one is a 'house wine' at one of the local steak houses - with good reason. A big wine that will stand up to steakhouse fare. Picked this up on sale at $16 a bottle, shipped. Would do it again in a heartbeat.42/4/2012Lisa Waters - Kansas City, MO412/1/2011410/2/201155/14/201127/22/2011Alexandra Davis - Scottsdale, AZ47/13/201155/31/2011Very good Shiraz - would definitely buy again; Screw top55/14/201155/14/201134/28/201143/24/2011excellent shiraz, will buy again at less than $20 a bottle412/13/2010Wow, this wine is very good. It is perfectly balanced with a smooth finish.
- Earthy & Spicy
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
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