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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Wine Entry : Stonehouse Shiraz 2004 (Australian)

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Okay okay, I don’t think this bottle is available in Singapore yet, but that does not stop me from reviewing it eh? This bottle was bought in Australia and the conversion makes it S$18, a screw-cap type which makes it very convenient. It was recommended by the store owner. He claimed that it has recently written in the newspapers and it was his last bottle. Medium body bright ruby colour atypical of strong vigorous Shiraz.


Smell : Woody scent followed by berry jammy smells.

Taste : Oak and cigar flavours are approached first followed by jammy black cherry fruit with no intense pepper or spice typical of Shiraz. Medium tannins.

After-taste : Lingering to a long light finish with some tannins.

Description at back of bottle :
Made from a small parcel of estate grown grapes in the Geographe region in the South West of Western Australia. The vines were shoot thinned by hand to maintain even sun exposure. After fermentation, the wine was matured in French Oak barrels. This wine has a spicy fruit bouquet with ripe fruit on the palate and silky tannins leading to a long finish. Truly a wine for all seasons crafted for your enjoyment now or over the next 3-5 years. PH 0429 000 477

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4 Comments:

  • At 12:52 AM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    you mentioned oak and cigar. by cigar do you mean cedary notes?

     
  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger DesDragon said…

    Yes, I would say that cedar is akin to cigar...personally have not smoked one but have smelled the tobacco on one before

     
  • At 1:10 AM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    the cedar scent you refer to that you get from cigars is actually not from the tobacco. It's actually from the cedar box or cidar strips that the cigars are wrapped in. the same cedary scent you dectect in wines are also commonly referred to as cedar box as well. but you're not wrong at all cos when we taste, we should and usually refer to things we are familiar with. anyways, it's not surprising to find cedar notes in the wine cos after all, they used french oak.

     
  • At 6:01 AM, Blogger DesDragon said…

    Cool...thanks for the knowledge transfer...:)
    I have learnt something today!

     

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