2012 Eden Road The Long Road Shiraz

eden road shirazThis Long Road utilises mostly Gundagai fruit. It would be crass if I quoted the song that immediately comes to mind. There’s a dash from the Canberra District and the Hilltops as well.

The incorporation of 15% whole bunches is pronounced. The more and more I taste reds with whole bunches the less and less meaningful it seems to even tell you the percentage used. It doesn’t really let you in on much. The effect is too dependent on other factors, not least of which are the grapes attached and the flavour profile they provide. To the wine in question. It opens up stalky with fresh red forest berries, yellow fleshed plums, generous and complex spice, juniper and gun smoke. Floral and herbal top notes. A savoury and vinous palate that is highly structured by vital acidity and twiggy tannin. Sinuous and medium-bodied with minerally extension. Challenging but ultimately rewarding. 92

Region: Gundagai, Canberra, Hilltops
Alcohol: 13.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $28
Tasted: December 2013


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