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Bulletin Place Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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Winemaker Notes

A dry, low cropping season following a continuation of drought conditions in Southern Australia which have now entered their eighth year.

The color has bright youthful purples and dark red, with an aroma of mixed berries with peppery, spicy overtones. On the palate the wine has very sweet fruit with fine grained tannins, excellent fleshy middle palate and a long soft finish.

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An homage to the Sydney wine shop and restaurant of Len Evans, the late, great international impresario of Australian wine, Bulletin Place is a spicy shiraz with bright blueberry flavors. It’s juicy, warm and peppery, a red to serve with grilled lamb kabobs.

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Bulletin Place

Bulletin Place

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Bulletin Place, , Australia
Bulletin Place
Named for Bulletin Place House, Australia's oldest commercial building, which for 20 years was the home of Len Evans Wines. Wines for this label range from grapes grown in The Riverland and Adelaide plain. The wines offer extraordinary drinkability, assertive yet accessible varietal character, and represent a wonderful value.

Paso Robles

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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, fruity, and powerful wines. With 11 smaller sub-AVAs, there is quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Rhône varieties both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruity, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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.

PBC2273944_2009 Item# 108496

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