Saturday, May 5, 2012

2009 Philip Shaw No.17 (Orange)

Philip Shaw is of the belief that Merlot can become a star in the Orange region, and based on this wine it would be hard to disagree. It was one of a number of Bordeaux blends that I was highly impressed by during my trip to Orange over Easter. 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Shiraz.

It takes a while to open up in the glass, but once you’ve given it some time it drinks beautifully. Great structure and great flavours here. It’s a medium bodied wine of beautiful balance. Lovely natural acidity, fine tannins, and great persistence of finish. Ripe red fruits are balanced by spice, roses, and some Cab Franc grassiness. Overall, these flavours provide a lovely savoury edge to this wine. I tasted this over 3 days, and it was that last mouthful that was the most complex and complete. A place in the cellar is warranted and at $25 it is fantastic value to.


RRP: $25
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap


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