Riesling, Shiraz, 2011

Riesling is a white grape that is famous for its intense aromatics and crisp acidity. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay took over. Riesling flourishes in the Clare Valley, particularly Watervale, around the Polish Hill River, and in the cooler Eden Valley. Riesling is also being grown with increasing popularity in the Western Australia regions Albany, Frankland River and Porongorup. Australian Rieslings are noted for their citrus/lime fruit flavours in their youth and a smooth balance of freshness, lanolin and acid as they age. Australian botrytized Rieslings have immense levels of flavour concentration with beautiful acid and structure.

Riesling was first planted in New Zealand in the 1970s and has flourished in the relatively cool climates of the Marlborough, Central Otago area and for late harvests in the Nelson region.

Alsace is famous for producing outstanding Riesling from dry austere to Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. They tend to be fuller, more savoury and viscous wines than those of other countries.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings. The best examples are planted on south-facing slate-rich slopes. Germany produces many different styles from dry perfumed wines with racy, mineral acidity to exotically lush flavours of their great late harvest wines.
Shiraz is a red grape variety. It is the most widely planted variety in Australia and helped put it on the wine map. It is an adaptable grape that has distinctly regional characteristics from elegant, peppery cool climate styles to sweet and chocolatey (McLaren Vale), muscular, and ripe-fruited (Barossa), to savoury and rich (Hunter Valley). Shiraz was one of the first vine varieties to arrive in Australia in 1832 and is grown in most regions. However, its home is in the Barossa Valley where old vines date back to the 1860s.

The classic, truly Australian blend is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also blended with Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM) in warmer climates. In recent years it is increasingly being blended with Viognier to create the Shiraz/Viognier blend.

Shiraz's home is in the Northern Rhône's, Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, in France. It is now also grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others.
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  1. BANNOCKBURN 1314 A.D. SHIRAZ 2011
    The first ever 1314 a.d. Shiraz - .An attractive, lighter-bodied style of Bannockburn Shiraz. The nose has a smoky, paprika-spicy and redcurrant-ish fragrance. Followed by more of the same on the palate, alongside decayed floral, spice and pepper notes. ... Learn More
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  2. TIM ADAMS RESERVE RIESLING 2011
    Riesling wines from the Clare Valley are definitely enjoyable when both young and zesty, however when left to mature beyond five years of age, they truly show their worth. "Talk about drinking at its peak. This is in a great ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Tyson Stelzer
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  3. MAXIME GRAILLOT DOMAINE DES LISES CROZES HERMITAGE ROUGE 2016
    Fermented in tank then racked into Burgundy barrels: 10% new, 30% one year old, 30% two years old and 30% three years old. Fresh, vibrant and spicy. Lovely notes of dark fruit, herb and licorice. A bright, sappy, juicy, red fruited wine with a ... Learn More
  4. DOMAINE RENE ROSTAING COTE ROTIE LA LANDONNE 2016
    Legal academic, property dealer and vigneron, René Rostaing crafts some of the finest Côte Rôties on the market today. He has owned 2 hectares in the Côte Blonde and La Landone since the 1970s but fortune has blessed ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  5. GUIGAL COTE ROTIE 'LA MOULINE' 2011
    The Côte-Rôtie 'La Mouline' is one of the most emblematic of the Guigal domain’s wines. Small quantities are produced each year from a vineyard in the heart of the ‘côte blonde’. This is a voluptuous, silky ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson
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  6. GUIGAL 'LA TURQUE' 2011
    'The 2011 Cote Rotie la Turque is about as seamless and sexy as wine gets, and this cuvee continues to put on weight and richness with every passing year. Offering a monstrous nose of Asian spices, kirsch liqueur, blackcurrants, pepper and ... Learn More
    GUIGAL 'LA TURQUE' 2011
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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