In Western Australia the Great Southern is home to best cool climate shiraz – wines that bring elegance and finesse to this grape variety but still retain plenty of flavour. This Gold Medal winner starts out with a deep colour and shows concentrated fruits – red currant, spice and earthy aromas are well matched by understated oak. It is then reserved on the palate but with good fruit intensity – layers of black and red currant fruits are supported by lacy tannins. The finish is lingering and impressive, more savoury than sweet, with spicy and earthy layers adding plenty of interest. It will drink well over the medium term and is well suited to Coq Au Vin.
Poacher’s Ridge Shiraz 2018