Mak Shiraz 2003
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
Deep, dazzling purple/red hues. Lively aromas of plum, blackberry, spice and a hint of pepper. A bold mouthful of dark berry fruits, bittersweet chocolate and spicy mint. In typical Clare fashion there's a solid, ripe core of fruit encased in fine tannins and crisp, natural acidity. Nothing blown out or over the top – well structured and drinking fabulously right now.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2003 Shiraz is a dense ruby/purple-tinged offering exhibiting attractive notes of blackberries, damp earth, fresh mushrooms, and pepper. Ripe, heady, tasty, and supple..."
Like the recounting of local Australian bushlore Mak wines embody the "core of regional Australia", promoting and championing the unique characters of Australia's wine districts. Mak is not constrained to any one area but instead seeks to produce wines that are "best of type", utilizing varieties that are recognized as the most suited to a particular area. The name Mak is derived from shortening the proprietor's surname "McDonald" to "Mak", a typical Australian trait. View all Mak Wines
About Clare ValleyView a map of Clare Valley wineries
Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood).
Notable FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Even though the region is fairly hot, the acidity in the reds is higher than its southern neighbors. Good structure is common in both the reds and whites of the area, which makes them great for food.
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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3 ratings, 3 with reviewsMike - San Diego, CA - Ramona, CA43/5/2008Received the MAK as a Wine.com Discovery Wine Club Selection for December 2007. Deep Red Color with twinge of Purple. Fresh plum and blackberry aromas. Wonderful concentrated fruit flavors of plum and blackberry and black cherry with favorable spice and hint of pepper. Full bodied with tame tannins and very balanced and gentle acidity. Some Oak and enough complexity to make interesting. Reasonable finish and a great value - I liked it. Overall the vintage guide shows the 2003 was better than prior four years for this valley, but not as good as the 2005. Going to buy some more.Armand Lussier - Nashua, NH33/22/2008The wine itself was very good, but was very dissapointed that it had an incredible amount of sand like sediment. I was going to present the other bottles as gifts, but don't dare doing that now.55/14/2008I would've paid more for this. We enjoyed it on Mother's Day, along with my sisters-in-law.
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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