10 Oct 2010
Oliverhill Red Silk Shiraz 2008
This is from one of of our favorite truely boutique wineries, from one of our favorite regions for shiraz, the McLaren Vale.
Oliverhill has been offering up some pretty formidable Shiraz for over ten years in the US market. The winery was established in the 1970’s and has been owned by Stuart Miller since the 1990’s. They are truly a boutique winery, with Stuart Miller, the owner and winemaker, being involved every step of the way from the vineyard to bottling, and then he does his share of marketing and sales too.
Based in the heart of shiraz country, the McLaren Vale region of South Australia, the winery has consistently received rave reviews from the major wine critics, which has validated the quality of the bigger bodied, full on Shiraz that defines the house style. They have just introduced a new wine into our market, the 2008 Red Silk Shiraz, which was created to fill a niche in the winery’s portfolio, namely to offer a McLaren Vale Shiraz in the under $20 price category that was still bold and generous with good structure. Being very familiar with the winery`s portfolio, we feel that this may be one of the better wines Oliverhill has produced.
Certain wines from Oliverhill may have previously received higher scores but none have shown such freshness and vibrancy as this one, while offering up generous fruit with the supporting structural backbone. This shows that even though the category may be maligned, there are still wines that can really over deliver in terms of quality and pricing. Having the opportunity to try literally hundreds of wines a year we can be a bit jaded, especially with Australian Shiraz. Let`s face it, the Aussie Shiraz category has taken more than its fair share of lumps the last few years, but this is a wine that has brought back some passion for us. It’s something that will make you come back for more and actually make you want to drink more than one glass of it. As with many Aussie reds, this wine is bottled under a screw cap closure, and it will benefit from a decanting or some time in the glass. It is still a young wine, and showing great potential for a 5 – 8 year life span.
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