Wishing Tree Shiraz 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia

Item No. 115853
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP89
  • ST88
  • WS87
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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+."
89 Points

"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."
88 Points

"Lean and crisp, with a savory edge to the modest blackberry flavors. Drink now through 2015."
87 Points

Learn About Wishing Tree

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...

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Learn 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...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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