2020 Great Western Bin No. 1 Shiraz
Colour: Brooding deep red.
Bouquet: Notes of pepper, oak, liquorice, deep red fruits with a slight herbaceous stalky character.
Palate: Deep earthy and dark fruits, a long pallet that is tight along the sides with the slightest hint of savoury herbs. While its young, it will benefit from decanting.
Cellaring: This vibrant wine is great to enjoy now with food but will soften and gain complexity over the next 5-10 years.
Pairing: Ideal to drink with a meat lovers pizza with added capsicum. Hamish Thomson’s recommendation is to enjoy with Beef sausages and a tomato onion chutney. Pair with a white polenta and parsnip mash topped with field mushrooms and soft boiled eggs. Drink with a pub style ploughman’s lunch.
Vintage: A hot and dry growing season meant our shiraz vines ripened quickly however crops were lower than average. Sufficient water supply ensured our vines remained in good health and a cool February helped ensure all the natural acidity was retained at harvest. The grapes had plenty of concentrated flavour and vibrant acidity.
Region: Great Western, Victoria
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Winemaker: Justin Purser
James Suckling – This is a traditional Australian shiraz in the best sense, with a wealth of black, red and ripe orange fruit. Deep and rich, with a stunningly fine tannin structure and a lovely blood orange freshness at the long, structured and spicy finish. Excellent aging potential. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Rating: 95 points
Jeni Port – Halliday Wine Companion – A vibrant, deeply coloured shiraz with that distinctive Grampians peppery bouquet with briar, black cherry, mixed berry, aniseed and bush mint. Pepperiness lights up the palate which is supple and dark fruited, driving long. Rating: 92 Points
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