2012 Red Claw Winery Edition Syrah Shiraz

red claw et al 024Stop laughing at the name for a moment. This is seriously good wine. Half of it is from the Mornington Peninsula and the other half is from Heathcote. Inspired at least in part from the related Yabby Lake and Heathcote Estate operations in each respective region.

The wine’s name is a playful reflection of the distinct character of the two individual parcels of fruit – the same variety but yet so completely different. Each is a unique expression of the shiraz grape, and the place it is grown.

Fragrant in the glass. Forest berries, lots of pepper and brown spice. The mouthfeel is the highlight though. It’s silky with a great sense of flow and a confident finish. Bright acidity and laudably textured, fine tannin. Some savoury characters but there’s presence and oomph from the Heathcote fruit. Still only about medium-bodied. It was my favourite of the ‘Winery Edition’ releases. 92

Region: Mornington Peninsula
Alcohol: 14.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $25
Tasted: October 2013


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