Pyren Vineyards Broken Quartz Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
The wine has bright and vibrant aromatics of freshly crushed currents and subtle spice that compliments a generous and juicy palate with plum, red current and blackberry flavors with a hint of mint. Supple tannin and well balanced acids support the fruit to provide good length and compliment the American oak. Sourced entirely from Pyren Vineyard fruit this wine offers all of the elegance and finesse that you would expect from a Pyrenees Shiraz.
Australian Wine Companion - "Inky ruby. Very fresh blend displays scents and flavors of black raspberry, bitter cherry, candied flowers and spices. Round and seamless, with a penetrating quality and impressive finishing clarity."
Wine Spectator - "Focused and distinctive, brimming with mineral accents that weave tar, basalt and pepper accents through the dark berry flavors. Comes together seamlessly on the hard, shiny finish. Best from 2014 through 2018."
Wine & Spirits - "A zesty shiraz, this wine's black-pepper scents parallel its throught-line of acidity, focusing the plush, creamy texture and carrying it through a long, generous finish."
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Pyren Vineyard is a small-scale, family focused producer of cool-climate wines. We are located on the slopes of the picturesque Warrenmang valley, in The Pyrenees region of Victoria, Australia. View all Pyren Vineyards Wines
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland is a bit warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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