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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Water Wheel Shiraz 2006
Water Wheel Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 95351)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $17.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant deep purple in appearance. There are strong berry and vanilla spice characters on the nose.

The palate is full and rich, typical of Water Wheel wines, with noticeable berry and licorice flavors. The wine has excellent length with a long and persistent finish balanced with fine, chalky tannins.

It is ready to drink now and will continue to improve in the medium term. It is a superb table wine, ideal to serve with a wide variety of red meat dishes.

My Notes:

About Water Wheel:

The present Water Wheel operation is the brainchild of Peter Cumming whose family have long been established as successful growers of tomatoes and cherries around Bridgewater-on-Loddon to the north-west of Bendigo in central Victoria. Peter studied winemaking at Roseworthy, and after a few excellent years as winemaker for Hickinbotham at the old Anakie vineyard near Geelong, threw himself boots and all into the Water Wheel business. His driving ambition as a relatively inexperienced winemaker was to capture as much flavor on the palate of his wines as he possibly could, precisely the edge that Water Wheel still retains over so many of its competitors.