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Pirathon Shiraz 2013

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • JH94
  • RP90
14.5% ABV
  • JH93
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Winemaker Notes

Pirathon Shiraz 2013 is deep magenta-black with purple hues. The bouquet is lifted with concentrated aromas of black plum, brambly fruit, chocolate, figs, fruit cake, kirsch and toasty oak with cardamom and clove spice. The palate is very generous, big, full-bodied and richly flavored with complex upfront ripe dark fruits. This intense fruit is supported by apparent but not intrusive oak. The wine has a robust structure with natural fine chalky tannins and a true spine of acidity holding it together. Very harmonious, a lengthy finish completes this solid wine that's full of life. This is an extremely balanced Shiraz with fruit, oak and tannin working together. Pirathon is a paramount expression of north-western Barossa Shiraz that will reward time in the cellar for 5-10 years.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
The Gods of Value have big smiles on their faces. This is in the sweet spot for value, quality and style. It's dark fruited and amply so, but its savoury edges give it a wider appeal. Soft, modestly/appropriately oaked, tidy with tannin and perhaps most importantly, moreish.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple, the 2013 Pirathon Shiraz is scented of cassis and blueberry preserves with touches of anise and mocha. Rich, full and mouth-filling, the palate provides plenty of fruit and spice with rounded tannins and balanced freshness for support, finishing with very good length.
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Pirathon

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Pirathon, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia

Pirathon is an ancient word for pinnacle and we believe Shiraz is the pinnacle grape of the Barossa and that the north-western Barossa is the pinnacle sub-appellation for Shiraz. Pirathon Shiraz is a full-bodied wine encompassing the great flavour, texture and structure of the north-western Barossa. Higher altitude, gullies, hills, slopes, and undulations provide different topographies, microclimates and individualistic parcels of grapes with unique flavours and characters from their own site.

Grapes for Pirathon are grown by dedicated high quality growers in the Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer districts of the north-western Barossa. Many of these growers' families have been growing grapes here for generations. The grapes for Pirathon Shiraz are traditionally handcrafted in open top fermenters and basketpressed before maturing in barrel. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.

Pirathon Shiraz showcases and celebrates the pinnacle north-western Barossa region and pinnacle Barossa grape with a complex and distinguished wine.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

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.

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