Printhie Shiraz 2007 (Orange, NSW)
$17, Screwcap, 14%
Orange and Shiraz. Do they really go together? I’m just not sure – such a frosty, cool climate doesn’t seem like the right place to be growing Shiraz, and so far no wine has served to change that opinion. Actually, Orange doesn’t seem to have ‘picked’ its varieties yet, aside from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that is. Regardless, this is quite a friendly wine to be drunk, not contemplated.
Lovely colour on this. Its bright purple, really purple considering there is no Viognier. It even smells purple – like purple grape Hubba Bubba (though without the confected sweetness).
The nose is quite floral and light, with pulpy, sweet berry, raspberries and said grape Hubba Bubba lifted sweetness.
The palate is also slightly candied, light and very much in the ‘easy fruit mould’ with squished berry sweetness and some sticky acidity on the back palate. It’s easy to like, if a bit mono dimensional and simple, the light to medium bodied palate all about ripe grape juice.
In the end, I personally could drink this quite easily, but I find it a little too sweet and juicy for real excitement. 16.0