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Beresford Highwood Shiraz

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Want a barbecue wine that delivers all the meat loving texture and balance you search for in a red? The Beresford Highwood could just be the wine you are searching for. It’s made with select parcels of Shiraz fruit to deliver a wine that will pair well with a medium rare steak. You’ll be enticed by blueberry and spice aromas with a plate of rich berries, a hint of mocha and oak. Soft tannins fill out the long finish ensuring a memorable mouthful.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep plum red.

Nose: Aromas of ripe dark berries, plum and spice.

Palate: Luscious mixed berry fruits complemented by rich mocha, spice and subtle oak characters. Beautifully balanced with good palate weight, structure and length.

Food: Tenderloin steak or peppered red meats.



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Beresford Highwood Shiraz

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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
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Australian Wine Companion 2012
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; has some structure and flavour complexity, with savoury, spicy edges to light-framed black fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
This sizeable (130 000+ case) operation based in McLaren Vale was set up in 1985 by Rob Dundon who is still in charge. There is an associated Langhorne Creek winery, Step Road (the current release 2004 Step Road Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripper). Wines from both have been featured prominently in Quaff over the years. In the case of Beresford, there are two budget labels - 'Highwood' and the cheaper 'Beacon Hill'. The 2005 Beresford 'Highwood' Shiraz is supple, round and fleshy with dark plum, blackberry, chocolate and anise flavours. Here the tannins were held in check, unlike too many of the wines in the tasting line up. So there's an approachability to the wine that makes it bloody good current drinking.
Quaff 2008 2007
Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
A juicy McLaren Vale shiraz that is smooth and ripe with moderate fruit and plenty of tannin.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Soft plum and blackberry fruit; quite supple and generous mouthfeel; micro-oxygenation?
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has some lifted prune and black fruits and a dash of vanilla oak; the palate has plenty of substance, with a range of savoury black fruits, the oak both balanced and appropriate to the flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2001 Vintage) says
A consistent performer in our Quaff tastings, this, the latest vintage, has some good juicy black fruit, nice spice and chocolatey oak flavours.
Quaff 2004 2003
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the firm, clean and fresh bouquet offers cherry fruit and a splash of oak; the palate has plenty of juicy berry fruit in a no-frills, easily enjoyed style.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2000 Vintage) says
The Highwood label, from McLaren Vale-based winery Beresford, has provided a number of excellent value, well-made wines in this year's Quaff! We both liked this shiraz's perfumed aromas of cherries and red berry, and thought the wine had good, supple, fleshy fruit, but Max wondered whether (at this young age, at least) the sweet, raw American oak smells and tastes weren't a little overpowering. Time will probably help the oak integrate.
Quaff 2002 2001
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (1999 Vintage) says
Here is another good wine from the McLaren Vale's Beresford Wines. It is fresh, soft, round and straightforward with ripe, spice, plum and blackcurrant flavours with a hint of oak in the background.
Quaff 2001 2000

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