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Alkoomi Southlands Shiraz 2002

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    Alkoomi is recognized as one of Australia's most outstanding wineries. Year after year this family owned winery produces wines of exceptional quality, elegance and class. It is located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The southern influence makes this the coolest climate region in Western Australia and one blessed with reasonable rainfall, long autumn sunshine and generally very consistent climatic conditions year by year. Alkoomi is recognized as one of Australia's most outstanding wineries. Year after year this family owned winery produces wines of exceptional quality, elegance and class.

    Cool summer temperatures and dry conditions in 2002 led to a very good vintage. Traditional red winemaking techniques were used and the wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 20% new American barriques and 80% one to four year old French oak barrels (Never and Allier).

    The color is deep crimson with purple tinges. The bouquet displays an attractive blend of licorice, spicy plum and black mulberry fruit aromas with a subtle touch of vanillan oak. The palate is loaded with delicious rich cherry and mulberry fruit flavors with big palate flavor and subtle soft tannins. Perfect to serve with a steak or rich pasta dish. Drinking with gusto now and will continue to for the next three years.

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    Alkoomi, Australia
    The Alkoomi vineyards and winery are located in the rapidly expanding Frankland River region northwest of Albany in Western Australia, about 80kms inland from the Southern Ocean. The southern influence makes this the coolest climate region in W A and one blessed with reasonable rainfall, long autumn sunshine and generally very consistent climatic conditions year to year. The name Alkoomi, which in Aboriginal dialect means "the place we chose", was selected by the original settlers in the 1880's. Merv Lange's father purchased the 1,220 hectare property in 1946 when it was still largely bush country, and developed a mixed farm of grain, sheep and cattle. The property retains many large Australian native grass trees and this distinctive plant is used as the logo on the Alkoomi labels. The Alkoomi wine business is very much a family affair, headed up by Merv and Judy Lange with son Wayne (viticulturist), his wife Elaine and son-in-law Rod (operations manager) and his wife Sandra all involved. Alkoomi's reputation has flourished as one of the leading small family wine makers in the country. The superb varietal flavors evident in the wines are recognized by James Halliday in his "Guide to the Wines of Australia" (2000 edition), awarding Alkoomi a rare five-star rating. Halliday notes: "Racy Riesling, tangy Sauvignon Blanc, fruit-driven peach citrus Chardonnay, peppery Shiraz curranty minty Cabernet topped off with the finely crafted cedary Blackbutt are all consistently excellent " For detailed wine notes, please click on the link below to visit


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    A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is often misunderstood by consumers. It is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute critters on the label, though both can certainly be found here. It is impossible to make generalizations about a country this physically massive, but most regions are concentrated in the south of the country and experience either warm, dry weather, or more humid, tropical influence. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

    Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing and there is a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.


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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.

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    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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