Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wine Blogging Wednesday #30

This edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, hosted by Tim at Winecast has settled upon the theme of New World Shiraz.

Living in a country full of well known "new world" Shiraz meant another excuse to raid the cellar and blow the dust off some bottles.

I thought it might be interesting to open up one of the older bottles and see how the Shiraz has fared.

The choice - a Majella 1996 Shiraz from the Coonawarra region of South Australia an area famed for it's "terra rossa" soils.


The wine was fermented in small oak barrels and then aged for 2 years in French and American Oak hogsheads.


Even after 11 years the first thing that hits you is the fruit, as ripe and rich as the day it was bottled. There's that intense dense colour that you come to expect in our Shiraz. To drink there is wonderful balance, fruit and spice with a touch of white pepper melded with time. The finish, long and lingering, something that does seem to go missing with time. It leaves you sated and satisfied and happy that there's a few more bottles waiting for in the cellar.

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  1. Thanks for posting such a well cellared bottle and for including such excellent pictures.

    Tim Elliott

  2. Haalo, I just discovered your blog. With such gorgeous photos and tempting recipes, I'll be back soon!

    Susan from Food "Blogga"

  3. Thanks Tim - it was a pleasure to savour such a lovely wine.

    Thanks Susan and welcome - look forward to your company!

  4. Hi Haalo, good to see another 96, and even better to hear it was truly enjoyed. Now I have to make some time to go back and keep reading!!

  5. Hi Mary - looks like we both had great wines!


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