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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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
"A terrific value, Plantagenet's 2006 Hazard Hill Shiraz is a silky, feminine-styled Shiraz that starts with smoky, slightly floral notes, then adds in peppery spice, delicate red berries and just a hint of chocolate before leaving your mouth watering on the finish. Drink now.
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.
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New...Read More About Other Australia
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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