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Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz 2002

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

"Oscar Semmler" is a special selection of Shiraz grapes chosen from our vineyard planted in 1975. The grapes are harvested at optimum maturity, and the must fermented warm for 6 days, before transferring to New and older French & American Oak Hogsheads to complete fermentation.

The wine is then matured in these oak hogsheads for 24 months.Only the most outstanding barrels are chosen for this blend.

This wine has big full flavours of plum and red berry fruit and also shows a sweet fruit mid palate concentration.The oak characters give the fruit support and the wine finishes with big, but soft drying tannin.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Shiraz Oscar Semmler was aged 24 months in new and 1-year-old French oak hogsheads. It possesses tremendous opulence, concentration, and purity as well as a gorgeous texture and loads of fruit, glycerin, and intensity. Those seeking a subtle, restrained, mild mannered Shiraz should look elsewhere. In spite of its mass, it is remarkably velvety-textured. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Powerful, but neither jammy nor hot; dark berries and bitter chocolate; fine tannins; excellent handling of French oak.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Has richness, depth and impressive complexity, focusing its cherry, blackberry and subtle white pepper, cedar and mineral flavors beautifully through the long, elegant finish. Feels complete, just needs time to flesh out. Best from 2007 through 2020.
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Dutschke, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
Dutschke Wines began production under the brand "WillowBend" in 1990 producing both a Chardonnay and a red blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet from the family block. In 1995, just for fun, winemaker Wayne Dutschke produced a 100% Shiraz instead of the usual WillowBend blend. The Shiraz shaped up pretty well, scoring 5 stars in Australia's "Winestate" magazine and finding a place in the taste off for the 1997 "Winestate Shiraz of the Year".

This "pat on the back" led Wayne Dutschke to rev up production in 1998, turn the brand to Dutschke and introduce both the St. Jakobi and Oscar Semmler Shiraz.

While they have been producing wine for sometime, production has remained small.

Still today most of their grapes each vintage leave the farm gate and find their way into other Barossa winemaker's 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.

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 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

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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