Petaluma Shiraz 2004

Petaluma Shiraz 2004, around $A45

The following comments are from Huon Hooke in today’s Sydney Morning Herald Good Living section…

Petaluma’s Adelaide Hills shiraz vineyards, on micaceous schist soils (try saying that after a glass) are delivering exactly what Brian Croser anticipated: great quality and character. A smidgen of viognier is blended in, but not revealed on the label.

Dark plum, red-cherry aromas with a lick of mixed spice: fruit is to the fore and oak is subtle. The palate has fruit sweetness but no jam-like or overripe flavours. Beautifully structured and long, with good backbone and cleansing tannin, which firms the finish.

An outstanding red wine that drinks well now and should reward cellaring until at least 2014. 95/100

Suggested food matches: most red meat dishes and also game birds, especially duck; any hard cheeses and many washed-rind types also, such as taleggio; aged beef fillet roasted on a barbecue.

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