Adelaide Hills Shiraz
Light & Finniss Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2013
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
This Shiraz was a fortuitous purchase by the winemaker Benjamin with most used in various Trial Bin Dry Adelaidean Reds we made in 2016 though he put aside the best few barrels which are now released as Light and Finniss.
Shiraz like all varieties develops a flavour structure created by the climate-weather producing the grapes. In this case the vineyard height is above that of the Barossa Valley, so it is cooler, yet the vineyard is on the warmer eastern side of the Adelaide Hills.
This has resulted in wonderful, warm, ripe flavours though a step removed from both McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.
I introduce Shiraz flavours like this at an early stage in the dinner as they are a touch more savoury, peppery if you like, and contrast so well with the bolder wines you produce later.
Brilliant drinking and diversifies your choices through the month.