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Normans Encounter Bay Shiraz 2001

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    The name Encounter Bay is taken from the picturesque bay south of McLaren Vale around the area of Victor Harbour. At the beginning of the 19th Century, it was firmly believed that the continent of Australia was two separate islands. It was two intrepid explorers and their crews, whose chance meeting off the coast of South Australia whilst on separate voyages of discovery, that proved otherwise.

    Color: Brick red with a deep purple hues. Aroma: Magnificent, complex aromas of licorice, black cherry, plums and spearmint are complemented by traces of cedary oak and leather. Palate: A well-balanced palate featuring rich plum flavours balanced by aniseed, mocha and spicy black pepper. The palate finishes long with supple tannins and superbly integrated cinnamon oak flavours. Recommended Cellaring: Great to drink now, but will mature and develop complexity over the next 2 to 5 years. Serving Suggestions: A full bodied red that will accompany richly flavoured red meat dishes.

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    Normans, Australia
    Normans Wines is one of Australia’s oldest winemakers and in 2003, will celebrate its 150th anniversary. It took rare courage to forsake the lush green countryside and comforts of his homeland in England, but with true pioneering gusto, a young Jesse Norman purchased three acres of land, sight unseen, in Australia.

    He then boarded a sailing ship and set off to claim his purchase. Upon arriving near the village of Thebarton; within an hour’s ride of the struggling colonial town of Adelaide, South Australia, Jesse Norman prepared a small hollow in the broken earth and planted his first vine. He had been a brewer in Cambridgeshire, but soon realised the potential of the rich soil and instead planted vines, fruit trees and vegetables. There, amid the unfamiliar, unforgiving dry earth and dust, Jesse Norman took a hand in setting Australia on the path to international acclaim.

    Australia

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    A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute labels, though both can certainly be found here. Australia has a grand winemaking history and some of the oldest vines on the planet, along with a huge range of landscapes and climates; it is impossible to make generalizations about Australian wine. Most regions are concentrated in the south of the country with those inland experiencing warm, dry weather, and those in more coastal areas receiving humid and tropical, or maritime weather patterns. 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 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.

    EBE660300_2001 Item# 61959