Layer Cake Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
South Australia is arguably one of the top shiraz-growing regions of the world. Within SA, the McLaren Vale is the most diverse and historic sub-region with vines dating back to the 1830's. The microclimates within McLaren Vale are what give Layer Cake Shiraz its complexity. For our Shiraz, we pull from vineyards all over McLaren Vale; from the full-clustered, sandy soiled blocks on the sea coast of Gulf St. Vincent, to the Terra Rosa based, tiny-berried wind- blown hills across the Vale. The vineyards are all within a few miles of each other, yet give us a broad array of flavors to blend into a complete wine. Each year we pull a small amount of fruit from tiny vineyards in Padthaway and Wrattanbully for added layers; combined they represent less than 10% of the blend.
Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a mélange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bomb…complete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves…
The Wine Advocate - "This was not an easy vintage in Australia, but you would never know it from this wine. As one expects from any South Australian Shiraz, it has oodles of fruit, a big, thick, juicy mouthfeel, velvety tannins, and lots of crème de cassis, blackberry, peppery, and tar-like notes in a deep, full-bodied, lush style that should drink nicely for 3-4 years as well. Keep in mind that what Jayson Woodbridge is doing is taking his winemaking team from Hundred Acre Vineyard, flying them around the world, and actually making these wines on site from top quality fruit. It is an innovative project, to say the least, but the proof is in the bottle, as they say, and at $15, readers are going to be exceptionally pleased with the quality of all three of these wines. "
Wine & Spirits - "The name gives it away. This is a rich, super ripe wine that emphasizes it's plush texture, layering fig, blueberry, sweet oak and black pepper in a finish that lasts. A primary, drink it right now wine to open near steaks and charcoal."
Layer Cake Winery
Layer Cake is a wine that was inspired by my Grandfather and Grandmother. Every Sunday, my Grandmother would bake a huge layer cake for dessert. My Grandfather would pour me a little glass of wine and place it at the table for me. He explained wine in terms of that cake. 'The vines,' he would say, 'live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma’s cake; each layer bringing a different flavor.' My grandfather taught me that everything in life is about layers and complexity. I loved those words and when I was a cake-focused boy, it made perfect sense… in fact, it still does.
Since those early days I have been all over the wine world time and again. I have tasted thousands of different wines and there are only a few places that haunt me, always come back to mind, occupy my dreams and have drawn me back again to taste some more.
I started Layer Cake because I wanted to make a wine at a price that could be enjoyed everyday with abandon, yet made by hand (not in a giant factory) and made in some special places in the world that I have always loved. The mission was simply to shock people about how good wine could be at a very affordable price.
While the Layer Cake wines were not intended to be compared with Hundred Acre, they are rich and taste like they should simply cost a lot more. This is due to our rigorous fruit selection and small winemaking style. The same team of winemakers that work with me at Hundred Acre, work with me all over the world to craft a rich Shiraz in South Australia, fabulous Malbec in Argentina, spicy old vine Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, in Puglia, Italy, sleek Syrah in the Cote du Rhone, France and of course, some Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each is very special in its own way and a phenomenal value.
With the making of each Layer Cake wine my Grandfather’s words and my Grandmother’s cakes come back to me. Layer Cake is a simple black and white label with, of course, my Grandmother’s giant layer cake on the front and my Grandfather’s words on the back…ENJOY!! View all Layer Cake Wines
About South AustraliaMcLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley and Eden Valley.
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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- 4 Stars: 2
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9 ratings, 7 with reviewsgwendolyn - Oakland, CA15/12/2010Sorry, i rarely give wines such bad ratings, and I clearly need to try another bottle as other ratings are so high, but this was one of the worst wines I've had in a while. Not because of any faults (not TCA or VA or reduction), but because it was clearly made in a factory format. It was contrived in taste, completely off balance, but trying to cover it all up with lots of alcohol and extracted fruit. We poured it down the sink.John Gittins - Monument, CO46/10/2010henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL28/11/2011Joan Burkhardt - Las Cruces, NM41/19/2010I wish I was able to cellar wine as this shiraz will only get better. This Layer Cake wine is aptly named as it has many layers and levels. I also got a very nice buzz from the wine.Bella Tessa - Buda, TX58/2/2010This wine kidnapped me! So very complex and delicious from the smooth, velvety presence in the mouth to the deep purple plums, dark chocolate notes and peppery, tobacco finish, I am infatuated! Wish I had a wine cellar!!!RedBenjamin - Washington, DC52/28/2010Bought this on wine.com's recommendations - 4 bottles, now ordering a case. Outstanding! It's very rich, and tastes almost like some whipped cream fell in. The name is quite apt.Crystal Yezek - Oakdale, NY51/7/2010Delish is all I have to say....nope, I have more to say. One of the best wines I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Very buttery with dark chocolate notes. A smooth wine with a nice finish. I am shocked this wine is at such a low cost. If I were a Wine Spectator reviewer, I would give it a 95+.richard abrams - Dobbs Ferry, NY52/26/2010wonderful, deep fruity red wine. The best wine I've ever had without a cork. I would absolutely buy again.33/9/2010It is very well described in the description and the name is very fitting for this wine. Smooth fruit forward with a touch of spice and black pepper in the finish. Would definitely recommend.
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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