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Sandalford 2016 and Serafino Shiraz 2015, and Wirra Wirra Church Block 2015

19 July,2017
For wine distributors in New Zealand, it is imperative to carry a strong range of Australian wine. Any wine enthusiast in this country will be aware of the range of labels, and diverse regions that Australian wine offers. Importantly, the styles are mainly different due to the warmer climate, and thus the wines are complementary to our cooler-climate expressions. And of course, some of the Australian wines are regarded as among the best in the world. EuroVintage carries a very broad range of Australian wines, and crucially, with good examples in the faster-moving premium bracket. Here, I review three such wines, all red, the 2016 Sandalford Margaret River Shiraz, 2015 Serafino McLaren Vale Shiraz and 2015 Wirra Wirra ‘Church Block’ McLaren Vale Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot. www.eurovintage.co.nz


Sandalford Margaret River Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – Western Australia

Very dark, impenetrable, purple-hued black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full and voluminous, deeply packed nose of sweetly ripe blackberry fruit with raspberries, boysenberries and black plum jam notes, unfolding some eucalypt and cedary notes. Full-bodied, the palate is rich, sweet and juicy with flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries, plum jam an nuances of liquorice and blue fruits. The fruit forms an opulent core and is supported by accessible, supple tannin structure with integrated acidity. As the wine flows, some eucalypt and cedar emerges, nd carries with the wine to sweet and juicy finish. This is a sweetly ripe Shiraz with blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry and plum jam flavours on a supple and accessible palate. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 5-6+ years. Margaret River fruit fermented to 14.8% alc., the wine aged 3 months in 20% new French oak. 18.0/20 Jul 2017 RRP $22.99

Serafino McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

Full, near-impenetrable black-red colour with a lighter edge and slight purple hues. The nose is fine and firmly concentrated with intensely packed aromas of ripe blackberries, black pepper, ink and spices with subtle earthy and fragrant ok notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-concentrated with ripe flavours of blackberries, black pepper, plum and spice notes with liquorice, earth and ok detail. The fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannin structure, balancing the richness. The wine is carried by the texture and grip to a long, lingering finish of sweet black fruits, pepper and earth. This is a well-concentrated, ripe, black-fruited Shiraz with complexing pepper, spice and earthy interest on a well-structured palate. Match with slow-cooked game meats over the next 7-9+ years. McLaren Vale fruit from the company’s vineyards on Binney and Malpas Roads, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French and American oak hogsheads. 18.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $26.99

Wirra Wirra ‘Church Block’ McLaren Vale Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot 2015

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia

Full, very dark, black-hued red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with bright and primary, aromatic fruit, showing blackcurrants, cassis liqueur, minty herbs and subtle notes of spices and plums. The aromatics possess depth and presence. Full-bodied, the palate has a firmly concentrated heart with deeply packed, bright and vibrant flavours of blackcurrants, blackberries and cassis, with nuances of spice and plums. The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannin structure and grip, providing depth and linearity with acid energy and tension. The wine leads to a long, elegant and sustained finish of blackcurrants, cassis and herbs. This is an elegantly concentrated, bright fruited Cabernet/Shiraz blend with lively blackcurrant, cassis and herb flavours with a grainy-structured palate and fresh mouthfeel. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-8+ years. McLaren Vale fruit, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Shiraz and 12% Merlot, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 70% French and 30% American oak barriques and hogsheads, 10% new. 18.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $20.99
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