Razor's Edge Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The Razor's Edge Shiraz is dark purple in color, yet bright and appealing in its clarity of fruit flavors, persisting on the finish against firm tannins.
Wine Enthusiast - "A terrific value if you like the style, this is an impressively concentrated, slightly syrupy Shiraz imbued with potent cassis fruit and framed with vanilla oak. Surprisingly long on the finish. Drink now. Best Buy."
Razor's Edge Winery
Razor's Edge was launched with a 2004 vintage Shiraz from the McLaren Vale in South Australia. Priced to retail between $10 and $15, it brought an unparalleled pedigree and value to the American marketplace. This wine went on to receive numerous trade and press recognitions, most notably being labeled a "Best Value Wine" by Wine Spectator and as one of the "Best Buys from Australia" by Robert Parker.
In 2007, the 2005 vintage of the McLaren Vale Shiraz was released and a new wine, a 2006 Unwooded Chardonnay, was introduced. Both were very well received and demand soared after rave reviews from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines. Before the end of 2007, two new wines were introduced by Razor’s Edge: a McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon and a McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache.
The South Australian wine industry is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. The state of South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the state to be able to successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties, from cool climate Rieslings in the Clare Valley, to big and full-bodied Shiraz in the Barossa. Like with most agriculture in Australia, irrigation is a vital component to the success of the South Australian wine industry. Some of Australia's most well known wines are produced here.
Vines are grown at all types of altitudes in South Australia from the low valley regions of the Barossa up to the 1,970ft vineyards in the Eden Valley. The soil type is also varied across the region from the well known terra rosa of Coonawarra, the limestone-marl based soils of the Adelaide, to the sandy, clay loam based soils of the Barossa. View all Razor's Edge 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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- 1 Stars: 2
22 ratings, 9 with reviews32/27/2011Under $14 for a 90 point wine? And a screwcap? And it has a title very close to an 80s movie classic staring Crispin Glover with Slayer dominating the soundtrack? Yeah, I was sold before I even drank it. The critical acclaims says, slightly syrupy Shiraz imbued with potent cassis fruit, but I think it was more peppery than fruity. It went great with salmon. If you're looking for fruity, toss a few blueberries in to bring out the fruity notes. De-lish.Mike5392 - Virginia Beach, VA46/21/2014
Full bodied with wonderful red fruit after 2 hours of air.oyster - Shelocta, PA45/24/2014Decamaintl - Allentown, PA15/10/2014NeverLift - Austin, TX212/5/2013I am a fan of Aussie shiraz. I am not a fan of this shiraz. Hard, dense top dominates, off flavors in a body that is itself unpleasant. Lacking in balance and, generally, any appeal to the palate. Enough sediment to choke on.pcookmo - Evergreen, CO45/9/2013
- Big & Bold
Tastes good, but so much sediment it was difficult to drink.37/10/201256/23/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Nice and spicy, paired very nicely with pasta and tomato-based sauce.46/20/2012Winebuff - Sheridan, WY46/19/2012lilmom - Soldotna, AK44/10/201244/5/2012Corey Bragg - Springfield, OR23/10/2012I would not dump it but I also would not buy this again. Stay away! Spend the 4$ more and get the Nine Stones from Evans Wine Company.33/4/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
6 noladybug_nm - Albuquerque, NM31/19/2012mbetts7 - San Francisco, CA112/14/201141/14/201248/22/2011mccabe - Holmdel, NJ56/28/201136/22/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA45/28/2011Deep purple color, nice fruit, peppery finish - a real winner at this price...43/23/2011
- Smooth & Supple
This is a good table wine - smooth, decently structured and cheap - but not a wine I come back to again and again.
- Smooth & Supple
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.
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