Masterclass: Shiraz, presented by Tim Kirk


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Masterclass: Shiraz, presented by Tim Kirk

  1. 1. Shiraz – seriously cool Tim Kirk 21 st September, 2010 Landmark Australia Tutorial
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  4. 4. <ul><li>Shiraz planted in New South Wales in the 1830s </li></ul><ul><li>The Barossa </li></ul><ul><li>Grange </li></ul><ul><li>Clare Valley – Wendouree </li></ul><ul><li>Great Western – Colin Preece, Bests Old Block </li></ul><ul><li>Tahbilk </li></ul><ul><li>The Hunter Valley – Maurice O’Shea </li></ul>Where have we come from?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Australian wine owes a huge debt of gratitude to generations of South Australian Shiraz growers and makers. Many of our greatest Shiraz wines can be found here. Potent, black fruited wines with a subtext of cola, aniseed and tar. I often find an enticing element, something akin to a glowing ember at the heart of these wines. It’s as if the warmth of the South Australian sun radiates through their very core. </li></ul><ul><li>They are often powerfully fruit driven wines with a depth and generosity that is a wonder to behold. They can live and evolve for decades. These are and will continue to be a mighty expression of Australian Shiraz. However…. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Australia is a big, beautiful country. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a large diversity in the scope of it’s grape growing terrain. </li></ul><ul><li>Shiraz, perhaps more than any other variety, responds to the landscape in which it is grown. </li></ul><ul><li>You would be forgiven for thinking there is no varietal tie between a big black fruited Barossa and a spicy Mornington Peninsula Shiraz. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the winegrower is to capture what is noble and distinctive in a landscape, wherever that may be. </li></ul><ul><li>We honour Australia’s warm climate Shiraz heritage, but excitement is growing about the many sites in cool-climate areas that show enormous potential, now routinely being realised, for serious Shiraz. </li></ul>The Winemaker as Landscape Artist
  7. 7. <ul><li>There is a world of Australian Shiraz that is only partially known outside our borders. </li></ul><ul><li>From an aroma/flavour point of view, these wines tend towards the savoury. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of the black fruit and cola offered by the warmer climate South Australian model, cool-climate Shiraz offers an array of spice. Pepper certainly, but so much more than that. Herbs, florals, cinnamon, nutmeg, roast meats. </li></ul><ul><li>Great Rhone wine is herbal. Herbs are beautiful. </li></ul><ul><li>The aromas of these wines carry more red fruit than black. </li></ul><ul><li>These are medium bodied wines with fine, long chain tannins. </li></ul><ul><li>For a number of the makers represented in this tasting, Burgundy is as much in the frame as the Rhone. </li></ul>A Celebration of Spice
  8. 8. <ul><li>What do we want out of wine? </li></ul><ul><li>Wine as a thing of beauty, capturing a sense of place. </li></ul><ul><li>A central element of the table culture of a civilized society. </li></ul><ul><li>The natural partner of good food. </li></ul><ul><li>Elegant, subtle, medium-bodied reds required. </li></ul><ul><li>The rise and rise of cool-climate Shiraz. </li></ul>A Great Future