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Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

01 March,2018

‘Rustica’ is one of the brands under Z Wines, the Barossa Valley family winegrowing business run by sisters Janelle and Kristen Zerk. The Zerk family have been in the district for over 150 years and their Lyndoch-sited vineyard is tended by the fifth generation. The wines are rich and very well-made in the traditional style for me. The ‘Rustica’ wines are more accessible than the top tier ‘Z Wine’ bottlings, but lack nothing in flavour and richness. The ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ wines are a serious step above in richness and completeness. Click here to see my recent reviews of the wines available in the country. They are imported by Kakurangi Wines. Here, I review the new Rustica ‘Reserve’ Shiraz 2015.


Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Full, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, near impenetrable, a little lighter on the rim. This has a softly full and deep nose with aromas of sweetly ripened dark-red and black plums along with blackberry and boysenberry fruit, entwined with nuances of black pwepper and spices, and sweet oak vanillins. Full-bodied, the palate is succulently rich with very ripe fruit flavours of black plums, boysenberries and blueberries, along with black pepper nuances, unfolding spices and sweet oak, and eucalypt nuances. The mouthfeel is rich and juicy with fine-grained tannin structure in support and a thread of acidity providing energy. The fruitiness carries the wine to a sweet finish balanced by fine, dry textures. This is a rich, juicy and succulently sweet, ripe Shiraz with flavours of black plums and boysenberries, along with pepper, spices and eucalypt. Match with grilled and roasted red meat dishes over the next 8+ years. A barrel selection wine. Shiraz fruit fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 2-5 y.o. French and American oak hogsheads. 18.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $44.00

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