domingo, 6 de novembro de 2011

A Shiraz na Austrália: painel da Decanter elege os melhores do ano!

A Austrália é o lar das mais antigas videiras de Shiraz (ou Syrah) do mundo e é a casta mais plantada do país, mas isso não quer dizer que ela tem apenas em um único estilo. Uma grupo de degustadores e especialistas em vinhos da Decanter provou e revisou ​​253 vinhos australianos elaborados com Shiraz, dando-lhes a tradicional classificação de 1 a 5 estrelas. Cinco destes vinhos receberam 5 estrelas (com fotos) e 63 receberam quatro estrelas. Conheça os 10 melhores dentre eles:

Two Hands, Samantha’s Garden, Clare Valley, South Australia 2009
Perfumed, complex and vivacious nose of blueberry, violet, wet earth, spice, oak, mint and chocolate. Soft, juicy and delicious red which is defined, focused and expressive, with very fine fruit flavours. Exceptional concentration. 19.2pts/20

St Hallett Wines, Blackwell, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2008
Luxuriously dense aromas of malty oak, blackcurrant, liquorice, damson, menthol and kirsch. A huge, muscular, concentrated beast with a lingeringly fantastic Barossa style. Well integrated with quality oak. A wine to cellar. 19.08pts/20

Mitolo, GAM, McLaren Vale, South Australia 2009
Attractive and appealing aroma of cinnamon spice, jammy fruit, herb and spice. Australia in a glass – a giant explosion of ripe raspberry jam with a soft texture, great depth and balance. Crisp, crunchy and long - knowout Shiraz. 18.9pts/20

Chateau Tanunda, Terroirs of the Barossa, Greenock, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2009
Toasty mocha, cigar box, high-quality oak and baked dark fruit on the nose. Brilliant silky texture, bags of cocoa and sweet vanilla oak, with a rich mocha finish. Classic Barossa which is elegant and well balanced. 19pts/20

Chateau Tanunda, Grand Barossa, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2009
Rich berry jam, mocha, bitter chocolate, pepper and damson bouquet. Fresh, lifted and aromatic palate. Concentrated, with crunchy acidity and very good complexity. Worth seeking out. 18.67pts/20

Mitchell, McNicol, Clare Valley, South Australia 2002
The Merchant Vintners Wonderful aged bouquet of black tea, green olive, old leather, savoury marmite, thyme and tobacco. Outstanding intensity – showing complexity akin to the Old World style of Syrah. Complex, multi-layered and superb. 18.25pts/20

Berton Vineyards, Bonsai, Eden Valley, South Australia 2007
Highly aromatic nose showing the wide spectrum of berry, peppercorn, tomato leaf, liquorice, raisin and smoked sausages. Fully ready, super-silky entry, with concentrated fruit and plenty of stylishly handled oak. Gorgeous mouthfeel. 18.17pts/20

Gemtree, Obsidian, McLaren Vale, South Australia 2008
Intensely spicy and rich nose packed with ripe black fruit, mint, redcurrant, raspberry, nutmeg and cinnamon. Dense, sweet and rich with focus and poise. A big, muscular wine with lovely tingly acidity and a kiss of oak tannin. A classic. 18.17pts/20

Browns of Padthaway, T-Trellis, Padthaway, South Australia 2008
Black cherry, mint, white pepper and gamey bouquet. Lovely fresh, ripe fruit and firm tannins. Rich, spicy and long. 17.83pts/20

Giaconda, Beechworth, Victoria 2008
Bouquet of leather, toasty oak, dark fruit, pepper and earth. Powerful, ageworthy style with dense fruit and chewy tannins. Old World savoury complexity. 17.83pts/20

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