ASK THE WINEMAKER // 2009 ESTATE SHIRAZ

Patrick of Coonawawarra // 2009 Estate Shiraz 

Q.

I have just obtained some 2009 Estate Shiraz and was wondering what you recommend in terms of cellaring/drinking.

A.

" 2009 was a cooler year here, which meant the grapes had a long and slow ripening period. This allows a maximum build up of flavours but also a fine tannin structure. It’s this fine tannin that indicates that this wine will age very well.

Generally the tannins soften and our Shiraz develops lovely earthy flavours as it gets older. Cellaring further or drinking now is a personally preference.
For me, I like to have a combination of fresh fruit flavours but still the secondary ‘aged’ characters starting to show. For the Estate Shiraz I would say that this is now, at about the 10 year mark. If you prefer softer, leathery aged characters more, then another 5 years would see it head that way. "

- Luke Tocaciu, Winemaker & Owner


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