Nov 08, 2011

2008 Cooralook Heathcote Shiraz

A friend of a friend started a group aptly called "Grapenuts" that hosts weekly wine tastings and occasional themed dinners wherein participants are introduced to new labels and varietals. We're going to tag along this week so I selected one of the eleven wines that are going to be featured: the 2008 Cooralook Shiraz.

This week's pick is available as a "special order wine" from the PLCB for $15.99 or from several online retailers for somewhat less.


For this week’s pick we took our lead from Jack Brice and his merry bunch of GrapeNuts as they held their regular Tuesday tasting at Braddock’s American Brasserie. The folks at Braddock’s are extremely accommodating, offering $5 pours of the wines that Jack selects in advance, and pairs then with attractively priced small plates. That’s pretty nifty in and of itself, but what makes the tastings particularly appealing is that Jack personally reviews and selects the wines to be served, varying them by winery, region varietal and the like. As a result, there are no run-of-the-mill bar brands being served but, instead, unique gems from all over the world that open the minds and stimulate the palates of the GrapeNuts bunch.

Take this week’s pick for instance: the 2008 Cooralook Shiraz from Yabby Lake Vineyards. Sure, you’ve had a Shiraz from the Barossa Valley before and chances are you were less than impressed. But this one is from Victoria that, with its cooler climate, yields more delicate fruit. The result is a more highly stylized wine more akin to a Northern Rhone Syrah. Sure, there is still loads of fruit, but it is delivered in a velvety package that screams for a good food pairing rather than one that just screams!

What Others Thought

This Shiraz was a "bit of a shocker" to those willing to grab yet another offering from down under. Expecting a "full frontal assault", drinkers were pleasantly surprised with a "delicate and sophisticated" wine that was "fruity", "smokey", "jammy" but lacked the "harshness" of the typical Aussie export.

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