Hesketh The Protagonist Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
Deep ruby red with purple hues. Powerful dark berry fruits, mocha, cedar, dark chocolate and plums.
Rich and ripe, with sweet blackberries combined with chocolate and licorice. Powerful fruit is balanced neatly with natural acidity to provide an element of restraint and elegance to the finish. Thinking man's Barossa Valley shiraz.
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby-red. Dark berries and cherry-vanilla on the nose, with subtle smoke and licorice notes adding complexity. Fleshy and gently sweet, with deep blackberry and cassis flavors, soft tannins and good back-end lift. The finish repeats the dark berry note and lingers with lively, spicy persistence. Drinking very well right now. "
During a fleeting half century in the global wine community, the Hesketh family has always followed the path less travelled by. As a result our winemaking philosophy is somewhat different. We only produce wines from the most celebrated grape varieties, from only the most acclaimed regions for producing those varieties, wherever they may be, anywhere in the world. Follow your own path. Eat well. Drink well. View all Hesketh 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 proper. 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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Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
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- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
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