Hill of Content Grenache/Shiraz 2002
Rhone Red Blends from Australia
2001 was a cracker of a vintage. Optimal ripeness and great flavor development show in this wine. The 74% Grenache leaps out of the glass with bright lifted raspberry & cherry notes, with hints of the spice from the 26% of Shiraz. On the palate, the two elements meld together with great ease. Bright red fruits mingle with spice, pepper and some darker fruits. Intense, complex flavors that are just too easy to drink!! Long on the finish. Ready to drink now or watch it get better over the next 4 to 5 years. An extremely food friendly wine: crank up the BBQ or Broiler and serve up with anything from Salmon to Chicken to a great piece of meat.
Hill of Content Winery
Hill of Content was born out of my desire to create interesting Region specific wines at a price that allows for “liberal” consumption. The name translates as “Hill of Happiness”, referring to a state of mind rather than geographic place. I hoped it would also be my own little way of seeking revenge against those “anonymous” glass pour wines that I am sure you to have tried and been disappointed by......you know wines that are red or white, contain alcohol, but you would hardly strike up a conversation about. You be the judge if I have succeeded.
John Larchet, Proprietor.
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About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia – A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia – This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
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
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
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.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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.