Nugan Estate Alfredo Second Pass Shiraz 2013
Daren Owers is the chief winemaker at the estate. In 2004 he was awarded the Wine Society’s Young Wine Maker of the Year by its members. The wines center around the strengths of each appellation. From the cooler King Valley climate elegant Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are produced. From the warmer climate of Riverina, rich Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot are made to a high quality standard.
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.