sexta-feira, 11 de março de 2011

10 vinhos australianos bons e baratos, ao estilo do Rhône (Wine Spectator)

O crítico Harvey Steiman, da revista Wine Spectator, selecionou 10 vinhos australianos (de South Australia, no sudeste do país e Victoria, no extremo oeste) que, influenciados pelos vinhos do Rhône francês, onde predominam a Grenache e a Syrah (Shiraz, para eles), produzem vinhos de ótima qualidade e preço bastante "amigável". Para nossa sorte, pelo menos alguns deles chegam regularmente ao mercado brasileiro (destacados em amarelo):

JIM BARRY Shiraz Clare Valley The Lodge Hill 2009 Score: 91 $20
Polished, generous and distinctive for the savory, minty nuances around a plush core of raspberry and blackberry fruit. Finishes with focus and finesse. Drink now through 2019. 7000 cases imported. —H.S.

BETTS & SCHOLL Grenache Barossa Valley The O.G. 2008 Score: 90 $20
A refined style, fresh, open-textured and appealing for its pure blackberry and guava flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2014. 2897 cases imported. —H.S.

YERING STATION Shiraz-Viognier Yarra Valley 2008 Score: 90 $20
Polished, lively and juicy, with blackberry and spice flavors, hinting at apricot as the finish lingers tightly. Drink now through 2015. 1500 cases imported. —H.S.

PARINGA Shiraz South Australia 2009 Score: 89 $10
Supple, polished and appealing for its dark, brooding, licorice-accented boysenberry pie flavors, complete with baked dough notes on the enticing finish. Drink now through 2014. 30,000 cases made. —H.S.

ROSS ESTATE Shiraz Barossa Valley Lights Out 2008 Score: 89 $19
Rich in texture, this full-bodied Shiraz offers ripe currant, plum and spice flavors, with a wave of coffee and tobacco notes making the finish more interesting. Drink now through 2018. 2,000 cases imported. —H.S.

FIREBLOCK Grenache Clare Valley Old Vine 2005 Score: 88 $15
Sleek and jazzy, with juicy pomegranate and guava flavors, hinting at lime on the lively finish. Drink now through 2013. 900 cases imported. —H.S.

MOUNT LANGI GHIRAN Shiraz Victoria Billi Billi 2007 Score: 88 $16
Subtle, refined and lively on balance, its focused blueberry and blackberry flavors hinting at white pepper and bay leaf on the finish. Best after 2012. 2,800 cases imported. —H.S.

OXFORD LANDING Shiraz South Australia 2009 Score: 88 $10
Bright and lively, with raspberry and red cherry flavors delivering charm and lingering on the open-weave finish. Drink now through 2013. 8,000 cases imported. —H.S.

STALKING HORSE Shiraz Barossa Valley 2008 Score: 88 $20
Rich and ripe, filling the mouth with its dried berry, plum, licorice and smoke flavors, finishing with velvety tannins. Drink now through 2018. 600 cases imported. —H.S.

JACOB'S CREEK Shiraz Barossa Reserve 2007 Score: 87 $13
Bright and lively, with light, crisp tannins around a juicy core of black cherry, mineral and tar flavors. Drink now through 2013. 15,000 cases imported. —H.S.
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