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Buckeley's Shiraz 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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0% ABV
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  • WS87
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Winemaker Notes

From each area, fully rippened fruit, which displayed strong pepper and spice characters, was especially chosen for this blend. Slow, even fermentation in Rotary fermenters at about 25 degrees Celsius ensured preservation of these characters, as well as allowing a controlled extraction of soft, rich and round flavors and firm but soft tannins in balance with the American oak sweetness, gained from nine months oak maturation.

Received a "best Value" rating "Smooth, a lively red with distinctive peppery aromas and flavors around a core of blackberry and licorice. Drink now through 2008 - HS"

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Buckeley's

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Buckeley's, Australia
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Buckeley's is one of Australia's newer wineries. But it's already made a strong impression on American wine drinkers. That's because Buckeley's wines invariably display fresh, vibrant fruit character and are always true to the grape variety. The goal at Buckeley's is to provide affordable, consistently high quality wines year in, year out. To achieve that goal, we actively work with Rob Dundon, Buckeley's winemaker, to create balanced, accessible wines that have richness and depth without being heavy or over-oaked.

Rob Dundon brings more than 25 years of winemaking experience to Buckeley's. During his distinguished career, Rob has accumulated over 1,000 medals for his wines. Some 15 years ago, Rob left the world of "corporate" winemaking to create his own vision of what a winery could be. He then bought the historic Horndale Winery outside Adelaide and installed state-of-the-art winemaking equipment, paying careful attention to retaining the character of the original winery. The Buckeley's brand was created in 1997. It's named after an Australian folk hero, William Buckeley, who renounced western ways and lived for more than three decades on whatever the land had to offer.

Australia

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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.

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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