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Date Printed: 11/29/2015
Plantagenet Hazard Hill Shiraz 2006
Plantagenet Hazard Hill Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 102509)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2015: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2006 was the coolest vintage experienced on record since 1982, which saw restrained, zippy and lighter styles of wine produced than usual. Fruit was harvested much later than normal, however in the warmer regions of Western Australia this fruit was sufficiently ripe yet without excessively ripe flavours.

The 2006 Hazard Hill Shiraz was fermented at warm temperatures in closed fermenters then pressed gently to ensure minimal extraction of harsh, bitter tannins. Each batch was matured separately in a combination of stainless steel tank and oak barrels prior to blending and bottling. Micro-oxidation was employed to some degree with the stainless steel-matured batches in order to harmonise the structure.

Aromas of red berries and plums lead with a dash of dusty vanilla. The fleshy palate shows blueberries, raspberries and ripe plums with edges of mixed herbs and zante currants. Silky tannins offer understated support the length of the palate, finishing crisp and clean with just enough structure.

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About Plantagenet:

The first vines were planted in 1968 at "Bouverie" Denbarker. These consisted of 4 1/2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Plantagenet Wines now has boosted the total acreage to 100, including Malbec, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Plantagenet aims to make elegant, structured wines that have complexity, finesse and balance.