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Calabria 2017 ‘Whistling Duck’ and 2016 ‘Three Bridges’ Shirazes

09 February,2018

Calabria Family Wines is a third generation winegrowing business based in the Griffith region of the Riverina, N.S.W. Headed now by second generation Bill Calabria, who leads an experienced winemaking team, the company makes a strong range of diverse wines from Riverina fruit and several other districts. Although Calabria espouses the Riverina as a region capable of premium wines, countering the stereotypical image of quantity, the company holds very dear three vineyards they own in the Barossa Valley. Here, I review a 2017 ‘Whistling Duck’ Shiraz from Riverina and N.S.W. fruit, and the 2016 ‘Three Bridges’ Shiraz. The Three Bridges range made its debut in 1995 and the name refers to the three-way bridge adjacent to the historic winery built in the early 1900s, the bridge designed to supply water to the area from the Snowy Mountains via the Murrumbidgee River. www.calabriawines.com.au The wines are imported and distributed in New Zealand by Paul Wai Poi of CPP Wines, Tel: 09 360-2854 or Email:paulchowmein@xtra.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Calabria ‘Whistling Duck’ New South Wales Shiraz 2017

Syrah from Australia – NSW

16.5/20

Even dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with bright dark raspberry fruit aromas along with an amalgam of whole berry fermentation-like jam notes entwined with herbal and spice elements. This is very accessible and up-front. Medium-bodied, the palate has juicy and sweet flavours of dark raspberry jam and dark-red plums entwined with dark herbs and subtle confectionary notes, unfolding hints of eucalyptus. The flavours are up-front and easy, with mouthfilling breadth and moderate depth, underlined by light, supple tannin extraction. The wine is rounded and the softness is enhanced by gentle acidity. The flavours recede on the finish. This is an up-front, easy and accessible Shiraz with raspberry, plum jam and herb flavours and eucalypt noses on a soft, supple palate. Serve with pasta, pizza and barbecued fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from vineyards in the Riverina, N.S.W., fermented to 13.5% alc. 16.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $10.95

Calabria ‘Three Bridges’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

18+/20

Full, very deep, near impenetrable purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated, a little restrained initially, developing to show vibrantly ripe aromas of dark raspberry fruit along with blackberry and boysenberry notes, unveiling some jam elements. This has a well-packed heart, revealing eucalypt notes with time in the glass. Full-bodied, the palate is softly rich and well-concentrated with deep flavours of ripe blackberries, dark raspberries and boysenberries, along with jam and eucalyptus. The mouthfeel is soft and rounded, the sweet fruit balanced by supple tannin extraction providing structure and grip. The fruit flows along a fine-textured line, leading to a long, elegant finish. This is a rich and sweet-fruited Shiraz with blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry and jam flavours on a fine-grained and structured palate with a rounded mouthfeel. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 6+ years. Fruit from the Barossa Valley, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine 18 months in 100% new French and American oak barriques and hogsheads. 18.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $19.95

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