Shiraz from Gundagai, Australia.
SRP of $23 and available for as low as $16. Sample received courtesy Zing USA for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Eden Road is a small vineyard and winery located in Murrumbateman, a sub-region of the Canberra District.
The Long Road Shiraz is carefully selected from sites in the Gundagai region which has both basalt rich soils that deliver highly perfumed aromatic wines, and ironstone rich soils that provide a mineral, crushed rock and gravely tannin structure.
This Shiraz was matured in 3-4 year old French oak puncheons (300 liters) for 14 months prior to bottling. In addition, a small component (30%) was matured in stainless steel for 14 months. Shiraz is an opulent and perfumed variety and this maturation technique allows a clear expression of both fruit and terroir with little interruption from the oak. The wine displays aromatic perfume, bright red fruit and an elegant tannin structure. This wine is a great representation of Shiraz and the Gundagai terroir.
Syrah/Shiraz is one of my very favorite varieties. (Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape, they are just called different names in different areas.) One of the reasons I love it is simply that it is grown so widely and can express itself quite differently in each region. Australian Shiraz has gotten a bit of a bad rep as of late for producing cheap, one dimensional wines. Well, today's wine is here to put an end to that myth.
The 2010 Eden Road The Long Road Gundagai Shiraz begins with a wonderful aroma of dense, ripe blackberries, great licorice, some spice notes, and a bit of olive. Tasting the wine shows more blackberry flavors plus some deliciously sweet blueberry. The "denseness" from the bouquet carries over as well -- this wine has a thick, almost chewy texture but still manages to come off very smooth. Rich delicious fruit with nuanced pepper, spice, smoke and vanilla notes burst onto the scene on the long, lingering finish. Just as good on day 2. Really excellent stuff -- one of the few wines to which we've given a perfect 10/10 Taste rating -- and another reason to love Syrah/Shiraz!
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