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Gotham Langhhorne Creek Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • RP90
14.9% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This is a superb example of what Langhorne creek is all about. Deep, dense, black and brooding. It is the closest wine to the first ever Gotham 2004 Langhorne Creek Shiraz. Savoury spicy and loaded with black fruit flavors. Gentle dusty tannins provide a backdrop for this well balanced shiraz.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Shiraz comes from 40-year-old vines located in Langhorne Creek. Deep garnet-purple colored, it begins with some reduction notes that soon give way to intense blackberry and warm black cherry notes with some black pepper, a pinch of dried Mediterranean herbs and a whiff of loam. The full bodied palate is a little tight with firm, fine tannins, crisp acid and restrained fruit that will probably need another six months to blossom. It has a good, long finish. Drink it 2012 to 2017.
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Gotham, McLaren Vale, Australia
Gotham is a new project by Bruce Clugston, a veteran in the Australian wine industry. In 2004 Bruce and his wife, Fiona White Bruce, visited New York City and had such a great time that they decided to use New York's nickname as "Gotham City" as part of their wine label. Bruce draws on 30 years of experience in the wine industry and long held desire as a former wine retailer to create a product of exceptional value that is approachable in youth as well as years down the line. Gotham wines are created from fruit sourced from the iconic wine growing regions of Australia. The Gotham wines has gradually added to their regional varieties, only producing when they come across a fruit source that they are proud to put under their label. They use the talents of some of the best winemakers in South Australia to put together a range of wines showcasing the best regions and varieties.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol, with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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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