Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Australian Red - 2011 Schild Estate Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz is one of my favorite grapes, yet somehow I often forget about Australia (how can I do that???).  On my last trip to Total Wine & More I spent a good amount of time in the Syrah aisle, and came up with this as one of my choices (cool label..right?).

Wine: 2011 Schild Estate Shiraz
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Grape Varieties: Shiraz (Syrah)
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $17.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Screw Top - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear, dark purple at the core/center with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Lots of dark fruit like blackberries, some cedar, and another element that I can't quite put my finger on... oh well that happens sometimes!
Taste: Lots of big fruit, not very tannic for such a young wine. A complex and pleasant finish. A bit of heat from the high alcohol, but not enough to detract from the wine.

The Grade: I give this one an A.  Very much what I am looking for with an Australian Shiraz, and this one comes at a great price. Delicious!

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