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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
The Lucky Country Shiraz 2009
The Lucky Country Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 110699)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Lucky Country Shiraz comes from McLaren Vale, which is a coastal area featuring vines that are over 100 years old and are known for mocha and warm-earth characteristics.

This wine springs from the glass with mint, herb, dark chocolate, fresh plums, anised and roasted meats. The palate starts out on the attack with a sway of dark fruits that are very rich but also rounded. This wine shows lovely mouth feel, density and control, it starts out layered and concentrated but reveals a much softer side of the finish.

The Lucky Country started as a small project created by Michael Twelftree of the famed Two Hands Winery, for a select few clients.

My Notes:

About The Lucky Country:

The Lucky Country is synonymous with Australia, the phrase having first been coined in the book of the same name in 1964 by Donald Horne. The phrase was initially used as an irony mocking the fortune of the post-colonial Australians of the 1960s.

Since then it has become a descriptive label for Australia and its wealth of natural resources, beautiful weather, stunning landscapes and relaxed lifestyle. It is the same slice of fortune that allows the fertile soils of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale to yield such lush, vibrant fruit from which The Lucky Country is made.

By contrast, Lucky Country Shiraz is made in a simple, natural fashion, with individual parcels of fruit fermented, pressed and barreled separately until blending just prior to bottling. Minimally fined and unfiltered, the wine starts out layered and concentrated, then reveals a much softer side on the finish.