Australian Domaine Wines Sheeraz Limestone Coast Shiraz 2000
Each vintage we add mainly new French and a small portion of new American Oak to supplement second and third year oak. This certainly helps bind and meld the full-on flavours into quite a complex mouthful. It has a rich extract and a smooth, fruit sweet centre that is packed with black fruit. The concentration is fuelled by a healthy 14.5% alc/vol that sits comfortably within the framework.
We suggest that the Sheeraz is breathed and preferably decanted to allow it to open up, soften and better show it's wild fennel/liquorice and spice highlights.
Though Syrah originated in the Rhône Valley of France, Australia is home to the oldest Syrah (called Shiraz here) vines on the planet. Found in Australia’s Barossa Valley, where phylloxera has never threated viticulture, these ancient vines are between 140 to 175 years old!
Having brought fame and merit to the country’s wine scene since the early 1950s, namely via the debut of Penfolds Grange, today Syrah (Shiraz) claims rank as the most widely planted grape in Australia. In fact, the amount of land dedicated to Shiraz in Australia is now almost equivalent to what it is in France. Australian Shiraz has its own personality with flavors and aromas of intense blackberry, fruitcake, menthol, tobacco leaf and umami. Conveniently one can find great Australian Shiraz at a variety of price points but the very best will be dense, gloriously complex and capable of long aging.