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Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

The picturesque village of Ebenezer was founded in the northern region of the Barossa Valley in 1851. The first vineyards at Ebenezer were established at the time of settlement and have been painstakingly nurtured ever since. It is from these vineyards that the Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer range was born.

Fruit for the Ebenezer range of wines are picked predominantly from low cropping Barossa vines ensuring that the wines are rich and full bodied with intense varietal and regional character.

Deep earthen blood red in color with soft purple hues, this wine displays a wonderful bouquet of lifted cherry blossom and blackberry, complexed by hints of chocolate, anise and oak tones. The full palate is rich and ripe, with a firm, fleshy body and supple, rounded tannins. Exhibiting a long, lingering finish, with careful cellaring this wine will continue to improve for up to seven years after its release.

Enjoy with strongly flavored cheeses and rich red meat dishes.

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Barossa Valley Estate

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Barossa Valley Estate, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
2003 Ebenezer Shiraz
Everything beautiful comes from the heart and Barossa Valley Estate is in the heart of Barossa Valley - a small, beautiful place tucked on the southern edge of the great Australian continent. They started making wine there in 1985, and although they have won much praise and accolades along the way, they can be regarded as a relative newcomer.

Barossa Valley Estate respects and celebrates the rich history of the Barossa Valley, and are proud to be a part of it, but it is the future where they thrive. Barossa Valley Estate captures the heritage of the Barossa Valley and bring it to today. They take all that has been learned and have created exciting wines from the Barossa Valley - wines capturing the distinctive elegance, finesse and vibrant fruit flavors of this special place.

Barossa Valley Estate makes only red wines. In fact they only make Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre, because if history has taught us anything, these are the Barossa Valley’s greatest wines.

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. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here—in the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to 140+ year old Shiraz vines.

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 where they may benefit from cool breezes, particularly in the Eden Valley.

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.

YNG621328_2003 Item# 91035

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