2011 Barossa Edge Barossa Valley Shiraz, Australia $8.99

Silverdale, WA    13.9% alc.    (Purchased on 4/23/14)

Back label says it’s bottled by Grapes In Glass, St. Helena, CA; imported by AW Direct in Novato, CA.  Nice enough packaging with Stelvin (screwcap) closure.

IMG_1485Clear medium purple/garnet.  After about an hour and a half, the nose opens to blackberry, raspberry, a touch of tar and some minty aromas.  On the palate it’s light in body and texture with restrained tannins and decent tart acidity; flavors of more raspberry, then marionberry and some tart cranberry.  Far more austere than most Aussie Shiraz I’ve had and nowhere near being a fruit bomb.  Light, pleasant and ready for food like smoked ham, ground turkey or chicken burgers or simply roasted pork.

Not my style in Aussie Shiraz and I believe it to be seriously overpriced in relation to many other GO Shirazes I’ve had.  But some of our readers (particularly old world style lovers) may welcome its relative austerity.


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