Friday, December 14, 2007

Turning the bend on Shiraz

You know, I’m really turning the bend on Shiraz. I don’t know if I just had really bad shiraz or the less acidic stuff just eluded me, but I’m digging Shiraz and Syrah lately. Last night we had a yummy Shiraz- the Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz…..

"Situated in the cool uplands of the North Mount Lofty ranges about 50 km north of Adelaide, the vineyards of Jim Barry were established in Clare in 1959. This is a family run winery are committed to producing quality wines through an innovative approach to viticulture and winemaking technology.

In 1977 when Jim Barry first purchased the Lodge Hill property, his intention was to devote the entire area to Riesling. However, there was a small area which had a gentle slope facing north, capturing the warmer conditions of the elevated site and he decided that it was an ideal place to grow a premium Shiraz.

Aged in French and American oak the Lodge Hill Shiraz is a brilliant deep red color with purple hues. It delivers complex and fascinating aromas of black cherry, liquorice and mint. The palate is rich, dense and full bodied, with ripe dark cherry fruit, velvety tannins, sweet vanillin oak and a long, juicy finish."

It really was nice. Not that spicy, not that oakey, good balance, long finish. Had it with steak and it was yummy. Their website isn't functional-it says we're out crushing grapes...ha ha. It was $36 at a restaurant but it looks like it goes for about $12-15 retail. Its really a nice wine for that price.

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