Wild Oats Shiraz 2011
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Wild Oats Shiraz continues the Oatley family history of fine craftsmanship. In selecting a number of richly flavored parcels of grapes from our vineyards in the Central Ranges of NSW, and with quality French oak influence, our winemakers have created a sumptuous and velvety red wine with complexity and some spicy characteristics. It tastes of berries, plums, baking spices and a touch of mocha on the lasting firm finish.
Wine Spectator - "Bright and jazzy, with vivid red berry and cherry fruit, hinting at cinnamon and licorice notes as the finish lingers easily and expressively. Drink now through 2018. "
Wild Oats Winery
The constant pursuit of quality finds Wild Oats among the great viticultural regions of Australia, each offering a unique combination of earth and climate, allowing vines to flourish and produce fruit with great balance. Hand harvesting, fruit sorting and intuitive winemaking delivers wines with clarity, purity, great texture and flavor expression.
Over forty years of nurturing grapevines and making wine has taught the Oatley family many lessons. Site selection is paramount, that "sense of place", as where you choose to grow your grapes is vital to both style and quality. The Oatley approach is to overlay this philosophy with an outstanding team of grape growers and winemakers, using the best possible equipment, to allow them every chance of producing a winning wine.
The task is clear: to craft wines that have varietal clarity, focus and which reflect their provenance – in a very modern fashion. Wines of character and integrity. View all Wild Oats Wines
About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
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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5 ratings, 3 with reviewsHubert Williams - Shreveport, LA44/10/2015
I have to say I tend to be partial to Australian wines and this one I really like a lot. I am a novice about describing aromas and tastes, but my first impressions were roses and black cherry. I was eating a filet and lobster tail when I opened this bottle, for which I found this to compliment wonderfully. Will definitely order more.meermin - Wilmington, NC33/8/2015John Curran - Lake Grove, NY11/26/2015Jennie Marie - Los Angeles, CA31/20/2015
- Smooth & Supple
Upon my first taste, I think I could love this wine. Unfortunately, the black licorice flavor that lingers is something that I do not enjoy. If you like licorice and fennel, then I think you'll love this flavorful wine. It's just not my "cup of tea."Wilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA38/5/2014
- Earth & Spicy
A pretty good effort, the smooth and more red-fruited 2011 Wild Oats Shiraz shows complexities seldom found in this price range. Some ripe red fruit and earth, almost brown stem notes on the palate. Drinks well now.Related Products
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- Pair With
- grilled lamb shanks
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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