Monday, 22 May 2017

Quartz Hill Pyrenees Shiraz 2014


I've had a couple of wines from Quartz Hill now. I know little about them but I'm yet to have a bad experience. Pyrenees Shiraz going great guns here.

'The mean alluvial soils ensure lean, low yielding grapevines' the back label tells me. This has cooled its heels on French oak for 18 months. 2% Viognier was blended in too. 70 dozen produced.

A whiff and I'm hooked - it's smokey, meaty, minerally and spicy. Admittedly these characteristics may turn people in the opposite direction but it's embracing the region undertow which is why I'm staying put.

Those minerally feels draw a neat backdrop to the fruit draped over the top. Well structured, aging potential is clear. Spicy plum and blue fruits wind up as the wine soaks up some air. The finish is long and rustic. Great drinking.

Drink now to ten years.

92/100

Region: Pyrenees 
RRP: $32
Source: Sample
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