Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz 2002
The bouquet is a complex blend of red berry fruits with plum and chocolate and a hint of spice. The palate has rich fruit flavors of dark berry with an excellent depth of intensity and an almost seamless structure. In the glass, it shows a deep vibrant red with purple tinges. The intense flavors are held together by well integrated fine grain tannins, providing a long rewarding finish. A stylish wine, which will age gracefully and improve with time in the bottle.
Viticulture: The fruit from this wine was sourced from premium vineyards within the Limestone Coast region, with the majority coming from the Connawarra and Wrattonbully regions. The Limestone Coast is one of Australia's leading wine producing areas, located half way between Melbourne and Adelaide. The region is famous for outcrops of red soil that sits above a hard layer of coastal limestone – hence the regions name. Careful crop management ensures low yields and intensely flavored fruit. The 1999 vintage was mild to warm during the ripening period, producing fruit with excellent color and flavor development.
Though Syrah originated in the Rhône Valley of France, Australia is home to the oldest Syrah (called Shiraz here) vines on the planet. Found in Australia’s Barossa Valley, where phylloxera has never threated viticulture, these ancient vines are between 140 to 175 years old!
Having brought fame and merit to the country’s wine scene since the early 1950s, namely via the debut of Penfolds Grange, today Syrah (Shiraz) claims rank as the most widely planted grape in Australia. In fact, the amount of land dedicated to Shiraz in Australia is now almost equivalent to what it is in France. Australian Shiraz has its own personality with flavors and aromas of intense blackberry, fruitcake, menthol, tobacco leaf and umami. Conveniently one can find great Australian Shiraz at a variety of price points but the very best will be dense, gloriously complex and capable of long aging.