The challenge these days is finding a red that has plenty of flavour, yet isn't going to cost a bomb. Something sophisticated and savoury, yet still comes in at a good price. Something like this Miles from Nowhere Cowaramup Shiraz.
Actually, the story behind this wine is a good one. Miles from Nowhere is the winery of ex-Evans & Tate Chairman Franklin Tate, who set this up after E & T was sold. Franklin's vineyard is also in Cowaramup, the sleepy hamlet north of the Margaret River township that is famous for its fields of plastic cows.
There is plenty of that old E & T style in this single vineyard Shiraz. Franklin's plot isn't far from the original family vineyards, and there is a classic Margaret River Shiraz spiciness here too. It's elegant, yet still full enough to stand up to a serious t-bone.
Winemaking notes: A combination of different vineyard blocks make up this blend. The fruit was crushed with the rollers set apart, allowing some berries to remain whole for the ferment. During the course of alcoholic fermentation the must was allowed to reach a maximum of 28°C. When alcoholic fermentation was almost complete the wine was pressed and inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation. A combination of French and American oak was used during the 12 months maturation of this wine. The wine was then racked and blended, before receiving a light egg white fining prior to final filtration and bottling.
Appearance: Deep ruby red with a purple hue.
Nose: A rich and spicy nose with dense dark cherry, blueberry and mixed berry fruits. These are complimented by earthy aromas and notes of Belgian waffle, milk chocolate and vanillin American oak.
Palate: This is a highly expressive wine with great fruit concentration driven by mixed berries and dark, juicy cherry fruit. The tannin structure is chewy, and the oak has provided a sweet, chocolate flavour along with hints of nuts and toast. White pepper lingers on the finish.
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar 5 – 8 years.
Food pairing: Grilled beef served rare with a green pepper sauce.
Allergens: Contains Sulphites. Fined with the aid of egg and skim milk products. Traces may remain.