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Earthworks Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • RP87
13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Dense crimson purple in color. Ripe dark cherries, summer pudding and blackberry jam with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Rich and juicy with flavors of wild blackberries and black forest cake. The tannins are ripe and generous, while the finish is fresh, lingering and leaves the impression of ripe summer berries. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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RP 87
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Shiraz has a good intensity of ripe mulberry, warm plum and blackberry preserve aromas with hints of baking spices, tree bark and loam. Medium bodied, it offers a good concentration of vibrant flavors in the mouth with a medium level of velvety tannins, lively acid and a long finish with the baking spices coming through. Drink it now to 2016+.
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Earthworks, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
2009 Shiraz
Earthworks is the Best of the Barossa. Familiy owned and operated, Earthworks is made entirely from Barossa grapes from trusted family growers. Earthworks embodies our fierce commitment to quality and a determination to preserve the independence and heritage of the Barossa. The wines at Earthworks are made at our cellars true to region, as long as we make a good drink to share with meals and mates. Cheers, the Bitter and Lindner Families.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.


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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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