Austins Shiraz 2010 (Geelong, Vic)
13%, Screwcap, $30
Speaking of Geelong, this Shiraz is laden with typical Geelong pepper and spice – as acknowledged twice in one paragraph on the back label. The nose, particularly, is somewhat driven by (partly whole bunch derived) black pepper, clove and a spoonful of bacon bits. Sexy.
It’s a bittersweet, savoury sort of Shiraz too, switching between slightly heavy richer mud cake fruit and quite firm, bitter tannins, everytying punctuated by a slick of berry sweetness to finish.
You can really grab onto that stemmy finish actually – no shirking away from structure! I like that chew really, its so utterly winey and dry and grown up. Perhaps a fraction too stemmy for some, but it’s not hard or unripe, just long and real.
Yes. A proper cool climate Victorian Shiraz.
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes