Ranked #12 of 23 2008 Shiraz from Beechworth
Full to deep red colour, purple edge. Walnut, white pepper, dried banana oak aromas, savoury, dried spices. Very slightly overripe. Rather coarse palate, rough emery-like tannins and edgy. Slightly shrill acidity. Vegetal, a bit over/under ripe.
Drink: 2012 to 2020
94 Points Robert Parker
From fruit sourced from their partner Graham Warner’s vineyard about 3.5 kilometers down the road, the 2008 Warner Vineyard Shiraz is co-fermented with about 1.5% Roussanne. The grapes get a bit of a cold soak before the fermentation begins naturally with a 3-4 week maceration period on skins. “We’re aiming to make wines with tannins and backbone without overly sweet fruit,” Rick explained as we tasted. Deep garnet-purple in color, this wine has intense aromas of crushed blackberries, violets, red roses, red licorice, black pepper, some game / hung meat, allspice and mocha. With medium-high acid and a high level of very fine tannins, this concentrated yet elegant, medium to full-bodied Shiraz has a long spicy finish. Cellar it for another year or two and enjoy it through 2020+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. June, 2010