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Seville Estate Shiraz 2012

Syrah/Shiraz from Yarra Valley, Australia
  • JH96
  • WS90
13.2% ABV
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13.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Brick red with pale hue. Nose of spice, black pepper, cherry and earth. Palate shows nice interplay of fruit and earth with black cherry, pepper, clove and rosemary. Some smoked meat flavors follow.

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JH 96
Australian Wine Companion
Counterintuitively, has (by an admittedly small margin) the best colour of the Seville Estate '12 Shirazs, with slightly more purple to the hue; spicy red and black fruit aromas are lifted by 20% whole bunch fermentation and quality French oak, the rich palate precisely reflecting the messages sent by the bouquet; despite all its flavour, it is only medium-bodied, and its low alcohol has endowed it with bright acidity. What a wine to have as the entry point!
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Lithe, focused and distinctive, with meat, mineral and peppery elements draped over the plum and blackberry fruit, coming together smoothly on the finish against lightly gritty tannins. Has depth and presence.
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Seville Estate

Seville Estate

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Seville Estate, Yarra Valley, Australia
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Seville Estate is the ultimate quiet achiever in Australian wine, making very little noise but continually producing benchmark wines. Dr. Peter McMahon planted the vines in 1972, marking a rebirth in the Yarra Valley as a serious and quality wine region. By the end of the decade they, along with Mt. Mary, Yarra Yering and Yeringberg, had made the Australian wine drinking public take notice of the Yarra Valley.

Now grandson Dylan McMahon is at the helm as winemaker and the wines have never been stronger. Seville Estate continues to fashion dry, austere, mineral and acid driven Chardonnay, along with structured, herbal and spice laden Pinot Noir's and Shiraz.Yarra.

Yarra Valley

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As the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, the Yarra Valley is most popular for its Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which account for over half of vineyard acreage. A gentle, rolling and rural region alongside the Margaret River, the Yarra Valley has a cool maritime with a lengthy growing season, perfect for these cool-climate varieties.

The warmer, Lower Yarra Valley in the north has sandy loam soils and produces a plush and fruity Pinot noir. The cooler, higher-elevation Upper Yarra Valley in the south has the soils composed of younger, red basalt and produces more angular and mineral-driven Pinot noir.

Yarra Valley Chardonnay is among the best in Australia. The modern style is stony and flinty rather than fat and tropical. Malolactic fermentation is rare, but while barrel fermentation is common, barrel maturation is restrained to preserve the floral aromatics and fresh citrus flavors for which this area’s Chardonnay is so appreciated. The best Yarra Valley Chardonnays display brilliant acidity, leesy characteristics, sweet citrus, stone fruit and flavors of ginger and spice.

Shiraz and Cabernet find success in parts of this region as well.


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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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