The wine of the week in the Good Living section of the SMH this week is the Phillip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz, Orange 2009.
Huon Hooke writes:
Phillip Shaw’s second ranked shiraz turned heads earlier this year in the Sydney Royal Wine Show when it won three trophies, capped by best red wine of the show. It was a shock as the wine is $20 and its big brother, the No. 89 Shiraz 2008 ($50 and marketed two years older), is arguably a better wine.
The Idiot is a little beauty: light-to-medium bodied with superbly silky texture thanks to light, supple tannins and a gentle hand on the barrels. It’s fruit driven, with a spicy, meaty personality, intriguingly complex and entertaining to the last drop. Best now to six years. 13.7 per cent alcohol. 95/100. The just released 2010 is also excellent, a shade lighter, more peppery and with similar drinkability.
Food : Veal saltimbocca, brie-style cheeses.
No need to cellar this for too long before you open and enjoy it.