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Seville Estate Shiraz 2012

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750ML / 13.2% ABV
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750ML / 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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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, 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.

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As the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, the Yarra Valley is most popular for 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 climate with a lengthy growing season, perfect for these cool-climate varieties.

Two styles of Pinot Noir are possible here. The warmer Lower Yarra Valley with sandy, loam soils, produces plush and fruity Pinot Noir while the cooler, higher-elevation Upper Yarra Valley with soils of young red basalt, produces more angular and mineral-driven Pinot Noir.

Yarra Valley Chardonnay is among the best in Australia. To preserve the floral aromatics and fresh citrus flavors for which this area’s Chardonnay is so appreciated, time in barrel is restrained (though barrel fermentation is common). The best Yarra Valley Chardonnays display brilliant acidity, leesy characteristics, 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 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.

CWMEK0512_2012 Item# 142866

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