Monday, 29 December 2014

Gartelmann Deidrich Shiraz 2011

It's great to go back and have a look at a Hunter Valley 2011. Being the same year most of the country was smashed by wet weather, the Hunter dodged a bullet and produced some fantastic wines.

This is Gartelmann's flagship wine. I popped into the cellar door recently and had a wonderful chat with co-owner Jan Gartelmann. The wines are made by Liz Jackson out of the First Creek facility. Prior to this it was Jim Chatto at the helm back in the mid 2000's.

The fruit for this wine comes off 46 year old vines in Pokolbin which is machine harvested. A mix of new and 1-3 year old French oak are used for 12 months.

Recently released, what stands out immediately is the fruit sweetness. Rosehip type florals were joined by bucket loads of plum and cherry characters with nicely interwoven clove and cardamon spice. Oak plays a minor role, but from start to finish that plummy fruit sweetness just chips away. A day on and the darker fruit qualities took the reins.

Smooth to finish and very enjoyable, decant and have in the medium term with meat dishes.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $45
Source: Sample

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