Kurtz Family Vineyards Shiraz Boundary Row 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
This wine is made from selected premium parcels of Shiraz grown by Kurtz Family Vineyards. The wine was matured in a mixture of new and older French and American Oak hogsheads for 24 months prior to bottling. The bouquet shows a great expression of bright Shiraz fruit with plum, sweet vanilla, floral notes, and spice. Silky, dusty tannins combine with pure fruit to form an ample-weight wine with a supple consistency, and an agreeable complexity. Blackberry, violets, plum and chocolate flavours, together with loads of dried herbs, finish slightly sour but with good length.
I suggest a big T-Bone steak, cooked as little as possible, a few greens, button mushrooms and some potato chips.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Boundary Row Shiraz comes from five parcels with the best one aged in new American oak. The balance of the wine is aged in a mix of new and used French and American oak for a total of 24 months. Purple-colored, it exhibits an attractive perfume of violets, lavender, pepper, smoked meat, and blueberry. Plush on the palate and medium to full-bodied, the wine has gobs of savory flavor and well integrated components. It will evolve for several more years and drink well through 2020. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Full-throttle, obvious Barossa-style Shiraz, loaded with vanilla-scented oak, but also with blackberry fruit. The tannins are soft, imparting a wonderfully creamy texture and completely filling the mouth. Lush and oaky—this may not be for the intellectual wine drinker—but it’s definitely hedonistic. Drink now–2012. "
Australian Wine Companion - "Spicy aromas, then a delicious medium- to medium-full-bodied palate, smooth and supple; red and black fruits, discreet oak and fine, ripe tannins. "
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Expansive, attractively pure cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by graphite, licorice and black cardamom. Impressively precise dark berry flavors possess very good depth and sweetness, with firm tannins carrying through the finish. Boasts serious youthful grip and cling. "
Wine & Spirits - "Rich, mouthwatering flavors of foresty strawberries and cranberries highlight the deeper tones of this gamey red. It's supple and ready to decant for thick-cut lamb chops."
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Kurtz Family Vineyards
The idea for the formation of the Kurtz Family Vineyards is by no means unique. It commenced from a long family history of growing grapes, drinking the end product, and a desire to see wine made exclusively from their own grapes.
Alfred Bernhard (Ben) Kurtz commenced growing grapes in the sub region of Light Pass in the Barossa Valley in the 1930's and this block is still worked to this day. His son, Bernhard Otto Kurtz, commenced grapegrowing in 1957 at his Light Pass vineyard and his grandson, John Bernhard Kurtz, moved to the existing vineyards in the early 1960's. View all Kurtz Family Vineyards 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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6 ratings, 4 with reviewsWilbur1 - Barrington, NH43/3/2012
Don't leave any longerJohn Glass - Santa Clara, CA49/2/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC31/28/2011410/24/2010Great value in a rich red that could be aged. Aeration improves palate49/24/2010Nice fruit soft tannins smooth all the way throughpcguy74 - Green Bay, WI59/25/2010I questioned this wines "viability" with a screw cap as I still prefer good old cork. Anyway, slight vanilla, nice oak, POW the fruit hits, and a subtle finish...perhaps just a bit of tobacco? My wife and I were VERY pleased with this one. We had a cheese course before the meal and kept drinking it right on through with a tasty eggplant/tomato/fennel pasta sauce on some hearty whole wheat pasta.
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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.
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