Nick Faldo Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Coonawarra, Australia
Deep plum, with purple tinged edges. A rich combination of ripe fruit with subtle sweet oak aromas. Attractive Shiraz aromas of raspberry and licorice with light peppery tones with sweet vanilla oak to complement the distinctive fruit aromas. A rich and generous palate structure with well integrated and subtle sweet oak. Ripe raspberry and plummy fruit tones with sweet vanillin oak flavors. Soft, fine tannins combine well with the regional peppery note add to the lingering finish.
Try this shiraz with a marbled beef fillet, beef goulash or rich tomato based pasta.
Wine Enthusiast - "Intense and focused, this good value Coonawarra opens with notes of leather and polished wood overlaid with red-berry fruit. Tannins are smooth, but there’s plenty of lip-smacking acidity to keep the cherry cordial and plum fruit flavors lively. Drink now."
Nick Faldo Winery
Faldo wines were launched in 2000 and named in honor of legendary golfer Nick Faldo. They are made entirely from estate grown fruit.
The aim behind Faldo wines is to capture the essential characteristics of Coonawarra in a harmonious, early drinking, fruit forward style priced for regular enjoyment. There are three wines in the range: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. View all Nick Faldo Wines
About CoonawarraView a map of Coonawarra wineries
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is actually the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular, but Cabernet grown in the Terra Rossa shows a sense of place, and the wines are in high demand. The wine is elegant in structure, with prominent acidity and firm tannins, but full of ripe fruit flavors typical of Australia's style.
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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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.