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Ross Estate Lights Out Shiraz 2008

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A seamless wine that is rich, yet soft and sumptuous. Vibrant berry fruits with sweet spice and balanced oak.

Pair with steak, lamb, barbeques and hearty stews.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 89
Wine Spectator
Rich in texture, this full-bodied Shiraz offers ripe currant, plum and spice flavors, with a wave of coffee and tobacco notes making the finish more interesting. Drink now through 2018. 3,500 cases made.
RP 87
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2008 Lights Out Shiraz has a deep garnet-purple color and lifted aromas of warm blackberries and black cherry compote over tar, aniseed, slightly burned toast, vanilla pod and nutmeg. Full bodied with very high acid, the palate lends just enough fruit and a medium level of chewy tannins. The finish is long and straightforward. Drink it now through 2014.
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Ross Estate, Australia
Located in the small town of Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley, Ross Estate Wines is a family owned winery established on old vineyards in 1999. A combination of young spirits and a veteran winemaker of over forty vintages has seen this modern winery reach new heights. Ross Estate's aim - to produce wines of consistent quality, from the soil up. In short, to capture "The Soul of the Vine". The style is truly Barossa, encapsulating regional fruit flavours and enhancing them with well balanced oak, using fruit sourced solely from Ross' estates in the 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 work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds. While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Marked by an 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.

Tasting Notes for Syrah

Syrah is a dry, red wine that typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice 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 Food Pairings for Syrah

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 Secrets for Syrah

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.

RPT96067399_2008 Item# 115586

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