2015 Philip Shaw No 89 Shiraz
This is a cracking little sheeraz out of the Orange region! Yes, we know everyone says 2011 was not a great year, however, there are exceptions to the rule, and this is one of them. Aromas of plums, red cherries, pepper spice and vanilla rise from the glass, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and highly spicy, with a lush dark fruit centre, licks of deli-meats, a solid line of fine tannins, and a tight, spicy finish. This needs some time, or a good decant for a couple of hours before serving.
The fruit used for No.89 is from the 20 year old vines that exhibit powerful spices and peppery flavours – a representation of a classic cool area Shiraz. The oak adds complexity, but the intense fruit restrains and helps harmonise. The flavours are vibrant and follow the aroma of spicy fruit characters. There is 1% Viognier co-fermented in this wine and it contributes a very subtle softening of the cool climate spice. Soft fine tannins combine with great length of flavour to give a wine of youth that will repay cellaring.