Wishing Tree Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
2008 was a spectacular harvest for these Shiraz growers to the north and south of the township of Margaret River. Low yields delivered lush, highly aromatic fruit, with pepper and spice nuances in abundance. This wine has plenty of backbone, and intensity and yet wonderful balance and elegance. By fermenting each batch of growers fruit separately, there is no doubt the wine has added complexity.
The Wine Advocate - "Medium garnet in color, the 2008 Shiraz displays evolving earth and spice box over a core of mulberries and kirsch. Medium to full-bodied, the palate lends a good density of mature fruit with crisp acid and powdery tannins, finishing long and spicy. Delicious now, it should remain good through 2014+."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Fresh blackberry and spices on the nose, with a hint of white pepper and a suave mocha quality. Silky, gently sweet red and dark berry flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and are given a bitter edge by a late note of licorice. Refreshing, fat-free shiraz with good closing cut."
Wine Spectator - "Lean and crisp, with a savory edge to the modest blackberry flavors. Drink now through 2015."
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Wishing Tree Winery
"The name comes from my childhood days. I, along with my two sisters and older brother, would run around our local park, under the watchful eyes of our mother and father. When we had suitably exhausted ourselves, we would gather under a beautiful old oak tree, with wide trunk and massive almost exaggerated canopy. To gain a few minutes peace, our parents told us if we made a wish under this tree, it would come true. The tree became The Wishing Tree."
- John Larchet, Proprietor
All of the fruit for The Wishing Tree is sourced from in and around the Margaret River region. These wines showcase the best of the riper characteristics of the fruit picked in the warmer northern parts of the region and the more subtle, delicate nuances of the fruit from the cooler conditions in the south. View all Wishing Tree 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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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.