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Branson Coach House Shiraz Barossa Valley Greenock Block 2002

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

Firm in texture, an immensely refined style that weaves some earthy, gamy notes through the dark, ripe berry and spice flavors, finishing long and beautifully focused. Needs time to settle into itself and shed some tannin, and then, wow. Best after 2006. 440 cases imported.

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Branson Coach House

Branson Coach House

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Branson Coach House, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
The small, intimate winery of Branson Coach House was established in 1998. Together with other investors, Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree, of Two Hands Wines, purchased the vineyard and winery in 2001 with the sole aim of creating and establishing one of Australia's greatest estate grown and made wines. The winery and vineyard are located in the Western Barossa.

Originally planted in 1990, the Branson Coach House grape vines thrive in the trademark, red clay soil of the Western Barossa. The results are offerings like those of any great estate — power, intensity and the ability to age gracefully. The release of its first vintage, from 2002, led to quick admiration from influential wine enthusiasts.

The emphasis on single-vineyard, estate-grown wines drives Branson Coach House's philosophy: to keep yields low, and to practice "minimal intervention." This means that from the vineyard until bottling, the fruit is carefully monitored, but that the unique terroir of the region will be at the forefront of the wine.

Branson Coach House offers three single vineyard wines: Coach House Block Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and a second label Greenock Block Shiraz. Each one has been highly acclaimed by the critics with 90+ scores and complimentary tasting notes.

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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 the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry-farmed and bush-trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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