First taste: Grampians Estate Streeton Reserve Shiraz 2008

Grampians Estate has swiftly established a reputation for its cool climate Shiraz, still and sparkling, since it was founded by Tom & Sarah Guthrie in 1989. They made their first wines in 1995.

The couple planted the Mafeking vineyard to Shiraz and Chardonnay in 1989. Following devastating bush fires in 2006, over 90% of the vines were either burnt of scorched, leaving the couple to supplement estate fruit with grapes from elsewhere. In 2009, they bought the Garden Gully vineyard in Great Western. First planted by the Salinger family in 1878. Some of the original Shiraz vines are still producing today.

Though the wines have not made it over to the UK, Guthrie sent me a sample of his top Shiraz – it’s a cracker – my note below. Incidentally the label features Sir Arthur Streeton’s iconic Land of the Golden Fleece, which features the vineyard location and was painted from the next door property “YarramPark”, the property on which Sarah Guthrie spent her childhood.

Grampians Estate Streeton Reserve Shiraz 2008 (Grampians)

A briary nose, with hints of eucalypt and deeper seated cracked black pepper, a resonating Grampians signature note, which follows through in the mouth together with juicy blackberry fruit, raspberry, damson, liquorice and savoury, malty oak. Ripe but textured tannins seamlessly knit the whole together. This is a powerful but juicy, velvety Shiraz with lovely spice and a terrific velvety mouthfeel. RRP A$65

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