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Tintara Shiraz 2007

    750ML / 14.1% ABV
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    750ML / 14.1% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The fruit for the Tintara Shiraz, is sourced from premium vineyards of McLaren Vale and is destemmed prior to fermentation, which takes place in small open fermenters. The ferments are tasted twice daily where extraction of colour, flavour and tannins are carefully monitored to achieve a wine of balance, texture and vibrant fruit intensity. Traditional basket presses are used to ensure gentle extraction of tannins. The wine is settled for 24 hours prior to been aged in French and American oak barriques. Each individual vineyard parcel is kept separate prior to blending and bottling for maximum control over the final blend. The resultant wine is a Shiraz bold in style with a wonderful intensity of fruit and silky fine tannins.

    The wine presents a complex nose where the aromas of ripe forest fruits computed merge with rich overtones of dark chocolate and gingerbread spice. The wine is plush, juicy and mouth filling, showing concentrated flavours of dark red fruits, plum and cocoa. Sweet vanilla notes along with savoury spice and cedar accompany the fruit contingent, all carried on a balanced structure of fine grained, juicy tannins to give a palate of rich and even persistence.

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    Tintara, Australia
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    Founded in 1862, Tintara remains a testament to quality winemaking, combining age-old methods with new-age technology. The first vines were planted by Dr Alexander Kelly, and in 1863 the first Tintara winery was established at "Upper Tintara". Built against the rolling hills that foot the Mount Lofty Ranges, its ingenious sloping design allowed the labor intensive work to be achieved with the assistance of gravity, which also meant gentler handling of the juice.

    In 1878, the Tintara winery and its gravity flow techniques moved to the Old Mortlock Flour Mill in the heart of McLaren Vale, where it remains today. In fact, to this day they use the very same rare basket presses and original slate open fermenting tanks as used in the 19th century. Tintara is a rarity in every sense.

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    Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône Blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

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    Syrah/Shiraz

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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.

    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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