Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Australian Shizaz - 2010 Elderton Winemakers Select

When I decide to spend a bit more on a bottle of wine, to step up from an everyday wine to a weekend wine - I seldom think about Australian wine.   Shoofly Shiraz is one of the great value wines on my shopping list at about $10 a bottle, and there are fantastic "higher end" wines from Penfolds and other great Australian winemakers.  I saw this bottle on the shelf of my local Total Wine & More, so decided to try it!

Wine: 2010 Elderton Winemakers Select Shiraz
Region: Barossa,  Australia
Grape Varieties: Shiraz (Syrah)
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $25.00
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Screw Top - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear and dark dark Australian Shiraz purple with a water white rim.
Aroma: Very aromatic, with a ton of dark fruit like blackberry, plus some chocolate and vanilla. Nothing disappointing here.
Taste: Very much a fruit bomb, with the chocolate aroma coming through on the taste as well.  I should have decanted this one a bit as the tannins are pretty aggressive. Definitely able to age this one for a while.

The Grade: I give this one an A. If you love the big fruit style of much Australian Shiraz, then this is a great example - as good as more expensive examples. Do take the time to aerate a bit before serving to tame those tannins, or keep it tucked away for a while.  Most importantly - enjoy!

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