Red Knot Shiraz 2012
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Red Knot Shiraz is a deem magenta color. Alluring primary aromas of black cherry, strawberry and milk chocolate are highlighted with hints of roased coffee bean and vanilla. The palate is a delicious compote of ripe summer berries, perfectly balanced with satiny fruit tannins and fresh acidity. This medium-full bodied wine is guaranteed to please.
Blend: 92% Shiraz, 8% Grenache
Wine Spectator - "Fresh and sleek, with a vibrant feel to the red berry and blackberry flavors, hinting at mint as the finish lingers on a polished texture."
Australian Wine Companion - "Deep, dense, purple-red; absolutely full of black fruits, dark chocolate, earth and licorice fruit, the tannins in proportion, French and American oak likewise. Outstanding value, with definite cellaring potential for those who wish to do so."
Red Knot Winery
The name Red Knot refers to the gnarly knots found in the wood of the native Australian gum tree. These trees can be found surrounding the Davey Estate and the wood was once sourced to make fence posts that marked the first vineyards in the McLaren Vale. Red Knot is 100% Authentic Australian wine produced and bottled by Shingleback Wine from the McLaren Vale. These wines bring together the best of Australia style - big, bold wines that offer an incredible value. Relying on high quality grapes from the McLaren Vale, Red Knot wines are blended to give wine lovers what they want: a delicious Australian wine experience at an affordable price. View all Red Knot 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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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.