Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hope Estate Shiraz
Hope Estate Shiraz 2009
Hunter Valley, Australia
Review: Unlike some of those tired, over jammy, fruity bombs from down under, this Shiraz is elegant with crisp acidity and tones of plums, cocoa, and earth. Twelve months in French oak give this wine a soft yet full body.

I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but Hope's classy label doesn't disappoint. This wine is refined and graceful -- and makes me rethink poopooing Australian wine for so many years!

Food Pairing: This wine would easily be paired with anything from a hearty stew to an elegant leg of lamb.

Bottom Line:  Easy to drink, smooth tannins, good fruit and secondary flavors. A good value buy. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:

  • VINTAGE: 2009
  • PLACE: Hunter Valley Appellation, Estate Grown
  • GRAPE: Shriaz/Syrah
  • AGEING: 12 Months, French Oak
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few years

Where did I get it?  Crystal City Wine Shop

What's the damage?   Mid Priced

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