Break this one out at your next get together for a guaranteed good time, the Hope Estate The Ripper Shiraz.
100% Shiraz from estate vineyards in the Geographe region of Western Australia. The wine was aged in 50% American and 50% French oak for 12-15 months. It has residual sugar of only 2.8 g/L.
Sample submitted for review. The Hope Estate The Ripper Shiraz has an SRP of $18 and is available for as low as $16. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Imported by Winesellers LTD. 5,000 cases produced.
The Ripper vineyard is located in the Geographe region of Australia's west coast and the rolling hills used to be occupied by apple orchards. While the days are warm and sunny the cooler nights, combined with consistent sea breezes, provide an ideal growing environment to ripen evenly with a concentration of flavor. Once harvested the fruit is crushed and then transported by truck across the outback to our east coast winery, where they are fermented and bottled. The must is chilled for this three day road trip and arrives with amazing color and tannin extraction from its time in transit. This long cold soak while travelling across the country ensures huge berry fruit, spicy nutmeg, mocha characters and a palate full of flavor. That's why we call it "The Ripper", an Australian term for great!
The 2014 Hope Estate The Ripper Shiraz begins with a wonderfully good aroma of blackberry, spice and black cherry along with touches of chocolate and vanilla. One of the reasons I love Syrah/Shiraz so much is the fantastic aroma and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. Taking a sip shows tons of rich dark fruit with plenty of licorice, black pepper and spice. It's a bit on the meaty side just like you would expect from good Syrah. Full-bodied and savory but maintaining an easy-drinking character, this is a great wine to break out at your next get together. Black pepper and spice-tinged black cherry linger for quite a while on the finish which also has hints of black olive.
2014 Hope Estate The Ripper Shiraz
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