WINE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASTE - Graeme Phillips

ZEMA ES­TATE 2009 SHI­RAZ $ 25

Coon­awarra, SA 14.5 per cent

Zema Es­tate have done con­sumers the un­com­mon favour of age­ing this wine for them, re­leas­ing it when the minty, herbal, ripe plummy char­ac­ters and dry­ing tan­nins have come to­gether to pro­duce a lovely mel­low and bal­anced, food- friendly drop that still has more good years ahead of it.

MOUNT AVOCA 2010 SHI­RAZ $ 28

Pyre­nees, Vic 13 per cent

Aro­matic, el­e­gantly built and medium bod­ied, a touch of viog­nier has lifted and bright­ened the wine’s suc­cu­lent red berry and spicy flavours on a palate that is smoothly tex­tured and pleas­ingly fresh and juicy be­fore a soft, lin­ger­ing fin­ish.

VOY­AGER ES­TATE 2011 SHI­RAZ $ 38

Mar­garet River, WA 13.8 per cent

A lovely, tightly knit drop with in­tense black­berry and liqueur cherry flavours and sub­tle, spicy oak on a smooth, deeply com­plex palate. Bal­anced and struc­tured around good acid and firm, savoury tan­nins, it will be even bet­ter in a few years.

TAY­LORS 2009 ST AN­DREWS SIN­GLE VINE­YARD SHI­RAZ $ 60

Clare Val­ley, SA 14.5 per cent

Be­decked with so many gold medals, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional judges ob­vi­ously like this fruitsweet, essency and vanilla- oaky style of shi­raz more than I do. While rich and plush, it is well- bal­anced and many read­ers will love it, es­pe­cially with a nicely charred bit of beef.

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