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Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz 2003

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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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Dark and juicy, a dense mouthful of berry and spice flavors, picking up an earthy note as the finish persists impressively against ultrafine tannins. Has intense power but it ends up being graceful. Drink now through 2013. 300 cases imported.
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Dutschke, 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.

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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 work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds. While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

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 an 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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