Never heard of this wine before, but it’s brilliant. A great example of the new wave of serious, small scale Aussie producers who are shunning over-ripe, sweet, oaky styles for those with freshness and precision. It also shows that it is possible to make world class Australian red wine at just 13.5% alcohol. More people should be picking earlier (although, of course, there’s more to it than just this).
The winery has a blog, here, which is worth a read.
The Story Westgate Vineyard Shiraz 2008 Grampians, Victoria, Australia
13.5% alcohol. Wonderful stuff. Lovely taut, savoury, dark blackberry and raspberry fruit with a spicy dimension on the nose. The palate is concentrated, tight and savoury with some subtle reductive notes and focused dark fruits. Really good acidity. This brooding, intense wine has a lovely future ahead of it, although it’s quite tight, backward and structured at the moment. 93/100 (www.auswineonline.co.uk)
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