Saturday, 19 March 2016

Loira Vines 2015 Shiraz

Wine doesn't get much more artisanal than this number from a tiny family-owned vineyard on the West Tamar. The production is so small that the vintage is hand-written on the label. And while you might not expect ultra-cool Tasmania to produce quality shiraz there are several little hotspots where producers like Glaetzer-Dixon and Moorilla are able to source impressive fruit. This is the first shiraz produced by Loira Vines - and it is a lovely wine; promoted as a "drink now" style with some bright cassis notes, smoky, spicy and savoury notes and a very quaffable finish. It is nicely poised at 13.5% alcohol. Certainly one for sommeliers who are looking for something different for their wine lists. $35. 

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