Thursday, 3 November 2016

Shottesbrooke Eliza Reserve Shiraz 2013

This has Barry White factor - a big guy with smooth tones.

I was curious to find the reasoning as to why it saw 100% American oak, particularly for a high end McLaren Vale Shiraz. Shottesbrooke Brand Manager Kylie Upitis said it best:

"We pick the Shiraz for the Eliza at a lower ripeness than we would for our other wines. High quality American oak is used to highlight the fruit sweetness in the wine, without increasing the residual sweetness. It is a stylistic choice to use this oak, as opposed to using French, which tends to be a bit more savoury and subtle.  

Whilst we realise that American oak may not be the most fashionable choice to make, we have made the deliberate decision to stay true to our core Shottesbrooke values and make the wine in a style that is unashamedly old school, yet one that delivers what our long term customers expect with each new release."

Boasting dense dark fruit, delivery is generous and smooth. Dark chocolate and dark plums fly the flag with a neat cameo of fine spices ticking away in the background. A dab of sweetness plus some vanilla swoops in late. Did I say it was generous? Superb length and superb generosity. Go here.

Drink now or cellar long term.

94/100 - Very good+

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $60
Source: Sample

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