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Aside from a small Jimmy Watson-shaped blip on the radar, Tasmanian Shiraz has hardly captured the wine world’s imagination. With wines like this gorgeous 2013 Moorilla Syrah though, that is sure to change.
In fact, it was the 2005 vintage of this very wine that supposedly inspired Nick Glaetzer to produce the Shiraz that took the country’s biggest wine prize a few years back!
It comes from Moorilla’s own St. Matthias vineyard in the Tamar Valley, and is the embodiment of quality cool climate Shiraz or Syrah. The warm and dry 2013 vintage has only added to what is always an impressive drop.
It has fragrant perfume and savoury spice galore but also with, as Huon Hooke pointed out in his glowing 95 point review, “plenty of charming fruit-sweetness in the mid-palate - which isn’t common in Tasmanian shiraz.”
It’s a beautifully poised, elegant and complex wine, and a must try for lovers of the style.
What It Tastes Like
“Deepish red/purple hue, with a superbly fragrant, spicy, clove-accented aroma. The palate is medium-to-full bodied and smoothly textured, with attractive mouth-feel and soft tannins adding a really fine sheen of texture which balances and cleans the finish. There is plenty of charming fruit-sweetness in the mid-palate - which isn’t common in Tasmanian shiraz. A superbly crafted wine.” - Huon Hooke
95 points. “Deepish red/purple hue, with a superbly fragrant, spicy, clove-accented aroma. The palate is medium-to-full bodied and smoothly textured, with attractive mouth-feel and soft tannins adding a really fine sheen of texture which balances and cleans the finish. There is plenty of charming fruit-sweetness in the mid-palate - which isn’t common in Tasmanian shiraz. A superbly crafted wine.”
- Huon Hooke (www.huonhooke.com)
2012 vintage: 93 points. “Medium-bodied at its richest point but it seduces above its weight. Succulent, red-cherried fruit with white pepper and dried herb notes adding lift to underlying drives of cranberry and red licorice flavour. Creamy oak adds polish. A light savoury-spiciness but there’s nothing green and mean about this.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Compared to earlier vintages, this wine is more similar to the 2010 in that it’s again suppler with more upfront fruit and improved oak integration. The continued inclusion of the top block provides acid lift.
As with all our releases the 2013 shows the finesse and richness possible in cool climate Shiraz. With a huge reservoir of spice, fruit and floral elements that will continue to develop with maturation in bottle, we have continued to call it by its traditional French name, Syrah.
The fruit was sourced from the Moorilla owned and operated St. Matthias vineyard, north-east facing on the West Bank of the Tamar River. The fruit was left on the vine until flavour profiles showed an increase in fruit/berry characters before it was hand-picked.
All fruit was chilled overnight prior to de-stemming and crushing the next day. Fermentation was allowed to go hot and skins were left to macerate post-ferment for nearly two weeks. Roughly 10% was fermented in oak with wild yeast and with stems. The wine was pressed directly to oak (16% new hogsheads) for malo-lactic fermentation. After 6 months on lees, the wine was racked and returned to wood were it was kept for a further 14 months before racking to tank for final blending and readied for bottling. The wine was not fined or stabilised and only a polishing filtration was performed before bottling on December 2nd and 5th, 2014.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Moorilla is definitely one of the more unique wineries in Tasmania. Their lengthy history stretches back to the 1950’s, but it is in the last couple decades since their partnership began with the iconic Mona Art Gallery where they have become a more prominent figure in the state. Talented winemaker Conor van der Reest is doing an excellent job in expressing the unique terroir of their two owned vineyards, with the range of wines providing colour and quality at every point. A star producer no doubt.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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