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Scarborough Shiraz 2011


Recommendation: A nice Australian shiraz at a good price.

Winery/Producer: Scarborough Wine Company; Pokolbin, Australia.

Grape Variety: Shiraz

Geographic Region, Appellation: Hunter Valley; new South Wales, Australia.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $28.90 (AUS) about $23.70 (US) plus a $20 corking charge.

Purchased From: Australian Wine Centre; 1 Alfred Street; Sydney, Australia.

Paired With: Green salad with garlic dressing. English roast beef au jus with roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables and yorkshire pudding.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened 2-hours before drinking. Clear, very dark garnet color. Damp earth, dark fruit and spice aromas. Very intense spicy blackberry and current taste that finishes long, dry, fruity and with some mineral. Quite a dramatic change between the first pour and the second…it really smoothed out and the flavors in the finish came alive. Delicious with the beef and the last pour would clearly be called “Good”. I would recommend it in a flash, but don’t think it was nearly as good as the Yelland & Papps Second Take Shiraz we had a few days earlier. It’s a nice Australian shiraz at a good price.

    She said: Dark red color and closely spaced legs on the move. A succulent bouquet with tones of spice and a taste of tart fruit. Although the label claims the wine was aged in oak for 18 months, I could not detect any oak flavor. The medium body and mild tannins were pleasing but did not make up for the disappointing flavors. The finish was long and dry but has a hints of metallic flavor for me. The wine was OK before dinner but improved as we ate dinner and complemented the roast beef well. The tannins became more of a plus and the smoothness emerged that made the overall drinking experience good. The wine was most enjoyable with the roast beef and I would have it again with beef or just bread and cheese.

    Comments:

Alcohol: 13.0%

Bar code: 9 321174 004009

Imported by: NA