Rosemount Show Reserve Shiraz 2003
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
The Rosemount Show Reserve label is applied to wines that have been identified as having particularly fine varietal and regional characteristics in early vineyard and barrel assessments. These wines are then given extended maturation in Rosemount's winery cellars before release. The blending of wines from two or more individual viticultural regions to achieve optimum quality has a long tradition in Australian winemaking. This Show Reserve Shiraz brings together two of South Australia's most distinctive wine regions, combining the spicy richness typical of McLaren Vale with the superb depth of varietal fruit concentration from Langhorne Creek.
Color: Dark plum red with crimson tones.
Nose: A concentrated and powerful nose with notes of stewed plum, anise, chocolate and spice. Oak maturation provides a subtle, creamy vanilla background.
Palate: Rich and powerful on the palate with dark berry and plum flavors developing more complex earthy, spiced tones. Supple tannins and attractive oak flavors make for a long and balanced finish. Delicious now, this wine will repay careful cellaring.
Food matches: Ideally suited to beef, duck and game, lamb
Rosemount Estate Winery
Established in 1969 by Robert Oatley and family in Upper Hunter Valley, Rosemount Estate has grown to include vineyards in the Mudgee, Orange, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills regions, as well as the Upper Hunter Valley. Winemaker Philip Shaw works with the Oatleys. The company's best-known wines are the Roxburgh Chardonnay, Balmoral Syrah and Mountain Blue Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon. View all Rosemount Estate WinesLike 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
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
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