Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dan Murphy's Shiraz Expo, Part Two: Victorian Shiraz

Following on from Brown’s post on some of the Penfolds Icon wines, below are tasting notes on a few Victorian wines that were tasted on the same day.

2005 Heathcote Estate – rich nose of dark fruits, liquorice, pepper and spice. On the palate it’s juicy, plush, and has decent length. Plenty of yum factor with this wine. Still has a few more years in it but I would be drinking it now. (Heathcote, RRP: $46)

07 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock – Seductive bouquet with aromas of liquorice, molasses, dark fruits, and sweet oak. A bit porty in fact. It floods the palate with plum and berry flavours, while finishing with some nice meatiness and drying tannins. A quality, hedonistic wine, though not sure how well it will age. (Heathcote, RRP: $73)

08 Tar & Roses – This is an enjoyable quaffer. On the nose it has ripe berry aromas that are a bit jammy, along with liquorice and some sweet oak. On the palate there is plenty of nice fruit though it finishes a touch tart. Decent tannins. Good drinking at the price. (Heathcote, RRP: $17.50)

07 Turner’s Crossing Shiraz Viognier – This was the value wine of the day, and is a great example of where the Viognier has actually added to the wine (and as such is in the minority of Australian SV's, in my opinion). It provides quality and complexity at a very reasonable price. Lovely unique nose with subtle aromas of dark fruits, prunes, apricots and spice. It has a long palate with a beautiful balance between berry and chocolate flavours on the one hand, and earthy, savoury flavours on the other. Should age very nicely. (Bendigo, RRP: $25)

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