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Hope Estate The Ripper Shiraz 2011

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
  • RP90
14.6% ABV
  • TP90
  • WE90
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14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Inky dark red, black with purple hue. A generous blackberry aroma and dark cherry fruit characters mingle with undertones of licorice, mocha and cedary oak. The oak maturation has enhanced the spice and mocha characters of the wine while some open fermentation has helped enrich the fruitfulness and general complexity. This full bodied shiraz will complement any red meat dish or white meat with rich sauce.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
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Made with grapes sourced from the Knob Hill vineyard one hour from Margaret River, the 2011 The Ripper Shiraz was harvested, crushed/de-stemmed then heavily chilled at a nearby winery in Margaret River, then transported immediately to the Hope Estate winery in the Hunter Valley for full fermentation, maturation and ultimately bottling. This deep garnet-purple colored 100% Shiraz is intensely scented of creme de cassis, blueberry preserves and black cherry compote with an undercurrent of baking spices, vanilla, aniseed and dark chocolate plus a whiff of eucalyptus. Full-bodied, rich and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, it gives tons of black fruit and spice flavors that are framed by a medium level of velvety tannins and bright acidity. It finishes with good persistence.
Rating: 90+
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Hope Estate

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Hope Estate, Australia
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Hope Estate was established in 1994 when Michael Hope purchased his first vineyard in the Hunter Valley comprising 15 hectares of vines on a 112-hectare property. This parcel of land was ideally suited to whites so a second acquisition of land being 80 hectares of the famed red basalt soil at Fordwich was made. This was planted with 40 hectares of Shiraz and Merlot. The Broke-Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley has been gazetted as one of the first designated Australian vineyard areas to be accorded international registration by the Geographic Indications Committee (GIC) of the Australian Winemakers Federation.

In August of 2006, the then 43 year old Michael Hope bought the Rothbury Estate winery, cellar door, function center and surrounding 10 hectares of vineyards. With this acquisition, Hope Estate now has a total of 129.5 hectares of land on Broke Road. Michael also acquired property in Western Australia (Geography), planted mostly to Shiraz. In 2005, he introduced his Hope Estate WA Shiraz, called The Ripper (Aussie slang for "really good"), which will stylistically compliment the more medium-bodied Shiraz of the Hunter.

Every October, Hope Estate releases special pink labels of Shiraz and Chardonnay to raise awareness and to help in the fight to stop breast cancer. Since 2007, Hope Estate and Winesellers, Ltd. have together donated over $200,000 to various breast cancer charities.

Australia

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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is often misunderstood by consumers. It is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute critters on the label, though both can certainly be found here. It is impossible to make generalizations about a country this physically massive, but most regions are concentrated in the south of the country and experience either warm, dry weather, or more humid, tropical influence. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing, and there are a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

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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