Oliverhill Red Silk Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The fruit is hand picked determined by flavour, then is destemmed and crushed into 3t open fermenters.The Shiraz is inoculated with Lalvin Syrah yeast. Hand plunging takes place four times per day. The wine is fermented to dryness on skins, average twelve to fourteen days. It is then basket pressed, transferred to tank and left overnight to settle before being put into barrel. Barrels are a combination of Vicard, Cadus and Saury. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel; the wine is then racked three times over the seventeen months. The wine is then course filtered, sulphured and bottled. All process takes place on premise.
Grilled red meats, mushroom dishes, lamb chops.
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple colored, 2009 Red Silk Shiraz has aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, green peppercorns and red currant over dried leaves and loam. Full bodied with plenty of vibrant primary fruit on the palate, it has crisp acid, a medium-firm level of chunky tannins and a long finish with lingering dried Mediterranean herb flavors lending freshness. Drinking now, it should continue to give pleasure through 2016. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright purple. Ripe, spicy black raspberry and cherry-cola on the nose, along with a suave, building floral quality. Plush red berry flavors stain the palate, with tangy minerality providing energy. Finishes long and sweet, with excellent lift and harmonious tannins. I like this wine's blend of richness and energy. "
Wine Spectator - "Supple, complex and inviting, offering a dazzling mix of cherry, guava, orange peel and licorice flavors that swirl together seamlessly, with fine tannins framing the generous finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases imported. "
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Oliverhill is a small boutique winery (McLaren Vale has been refined to as the spiritual home of the small winery in Australia) that specializes in premium quality limited production reds. Specifically, a single vineyard Shiraz, “Jimmy Section”, coming from a small 5-acre plot planted nearly 30 years ago an old vine Grenache, “Bradey Block”, made from vines up to 80 years old and a Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the “Jimmy Section” vineyard. The Grenache and the Shiraz represent the classic South Australian style, big and juicy with sweet black fruits, brood shouldered with substantial palate presence, yet maintaining balance and exceptional fruit intensity. The Cabernet Sauvignon although not as big and mouth filling texturally maintains noted fruit intensity with a long and persistent finish. All 3 reds are produced in an extremely limited format with total production hovering around 1000 cases total. The Millers, producing handcrafted wines that are truly artisan in style, will never produce a lot of wine but what they do produce will always be of the highest quality. View all Oliverhill Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are 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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Light & Fruity
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