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Greg Norman Estates Shiraz/Cabernet 2009

Other Red Blends from Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
    14% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    The color is an impressive lustrous bright garnet red. The nose if full with fragrant cedar cigar box, fine spice cinnamon and sandalwood. These support an array of fruity aromas of red berry, plums, cherry, cranberry and blackberry. There are hints of mint, interwoven with blood orange and bay leaf. The palate shows similar fresh red fruits, plums, cranberry, ripe cherry and pomegranate. More complex rhubarb, ruby grapefruit and fresh mint characters become evident as the wine opens up. The long lingering palate has finely balanced acidity, silky tannins and very good persistence of flavor. A polished classical red blend from the Limestone Coast's finest varieties.

    This is the perfect match for chorizo and arugula pizza.

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    Greg Norman Estates

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    Greg Norman Estates, Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
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    Greg Norman's passion for fine wine was the genesis of Greg Norman Estates - a collection of wines produced from some of the finest growing regions in Australia, California and Argentina. While his well-documented wins on the golf course have assured his place in golf history, off the course, Greg's passion and enthusiasm for wine and his zest and dedication for living well have combined to create a stunning collection of high-quality wines from some of his favorite parts of the world.

    Coonawarra

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    Distinguished by a thin, subterranean band of crumbled, red, clay loam, Coonawarra is a fairly flat, otherwise unobtrusive region with a cool Mediterranean climate, actually not unsimilar to Bordeaux.

    In Coonawarra, this unique layer of clay is called, "terra rossa" and gets its color from iron oxide. The terra rossa soil overlies soft, penetrable limestone, in a continuous area that is part of the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia. This uncommon layering of soils creates a substrate that is both well draining and at the same time, offers good water retention to support vines’ roots through dry summers.

    Not surprisingly, Coonawara experiences great success with the Bordeaux varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but also Shiraz. However Cabernet reigns superior and accounts for half of the Coonawarra harvest each year. Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignons develop powerful, yet polished tannins, and achieve ripeness without verging into imbalance. Typical of these unique reds are ripe red berry fruits with cassis, sweet herb and dried mint. The region has an increased focus on the individual expressions of single vineyard wines.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    AMR33714_2009 Item# 113171