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Angove Family Winemakers Warboys Vineyard Shiraz 2014

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH95
  • WE93
  • W&S92
14.5% ABV
  • WE92
  • JS91
  • JH95
  • WW92
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Winemaker Notes

Intense, rich purple in color, this Shiraz offers aromas of spice and forest floor, followed by bitter chocolate and white pepper. On the palate, it shows concentrated spice and black fruits. It is restrained at first, but, with airing, rich intense fruit flavors are framed by great structure.

Pair with a powerhouse steak and pepper sauce.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Hand-picked, 25% whole bunches in the bottom of the fermenter with destemmed and crushed fruit on top, 3 days cold soak, wild yeast, matured for 11 months in French hogsheads. The fragrant bouquet of red and black fruits leads into a multifaceted palate of licorice, wild blackberries eaten straight from the vine, spices and a savoury salute.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Similar in style to the previous vintage, this ably marries savory notes of roasted meat and spice with ripe, plummy fruit. All those mouthwatering flavors are wrapped in supple tannins, ending on a plush, velvety note.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Planted in the 1940s, farmed under biodynamics, the shiraz vines at Angove’s Warboys Vineyard produced a 2014 with old-vine intensity and dark, peppery complexity. It needs time in a decanter for the youthful grip of the tannins to relent, the wine turning more graceful with air, expanding into flavors of black currant, licorice and raw meat. It captures the grandeur of old vines with a relaxed feel and flavors that go on for minutes.
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Angove Family Winemakers

Angove Family Winemakers

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Angove Family Winemakers, McLaren Vale, Australia
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The Angove family company, Angove's Pty. Ltd., ranks among Australia's largest privately owned wine companies and stands as one of the few with strong interests in distilling as well as grape growing and winemaking.

His early experimentation with vines, winemaking and distilling, led to the establishment of a proud family business. Dr. Angove's initial plantings at the township of Tea Tree Gully in the Adelaide foothills were the forerunner of one of the largest vineyards in the southern hemisphere - the magnificent Nanya Vineyard at Renmark in South Australia's Murray Valley.

Since World War II, the company has steadily expanded its operations and structure. Their Renmark facility has grown to become a major winemaking and distilling enterprise, with storage capacity for more than15 million litres of wine and spirit. In 1947, Thomas William Carlyon Angove, grandson of the founder, took the helm as Managing Director, beginning a new era in development.

In 1983, the fourth generation of the family took control, when John Carlyon Angove succeeded his father as Managing Director of the company.

The success of the Angove's identity owes a great deal to a pioneering spirit. The same urge that drove Dr. Angove to leave his home in Cornwall and emigrate to Australia is evident in many of the developments the company has taken since.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

Syrah/Shiraz

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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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