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Brown Brothers 18 Eighty Nine Shiraz

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If you want an evening of Shirazamatazz, you could pick no better than this cool climate Shiraz from Brown Brothers who craft elegant wines like this using the best fruit from Victoria. Vital red berry fruit and laden with pepper and spice aromas as well as enticing floral notes. An intense and juicy fruit palate with a solid tannin structure ensures this will last in the cellar but if you are going to drink it do yourself a favour and match it with steak.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2013 Shiraz has a deep brick red colour and medium-bodied in style. This wine has fantastic lifted aromas of red and dark berry fruits and the classic pepper notes of Heathcote Shiraz. These aromas follow through to the palate which has generous juicy fruit and a fine tannin structure. This supple Shiraz drinks well now but cellaring for 3 to 5 years from vintage will add complexity.

This juicy Shiraz would be perfect with beef carpaccio drizzled in olive oil and topped with cracked black pepper and shaved parmesan cheese. Or try it with a Szechwan pepper coated tuna steak cooked medium rare with a light green salad.

The grapes for this wine were harvested from late February to late March. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 12 months in new (9%) to three year old American and French oak barriques and puncheons. It was bottled with an alcohol of 14.5%.

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Brown Brothers 18 Eighty Nine Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
This has become a more stylish wine in recent years -mostly due to better (and more sensibly applied) oak. It's a fruit-driven style with piles of cherries, spices and plums providing the flavour. Brown Brothers tries to make a style rather than a region: medium-weight, low-oak (15 per cent new oak), a good hit of fruity flavour and a balanced finish. This isn't a heavy, overripe style; it belongs to the elegant, spicy mould. Drinkable complexity.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Has rather more oak evident than is usual for Brown Brothers, allied with good texture and complexity; juicy blackberry/blueberry fruit rounds off an appealing wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Earthy aromas of spicy black and red berries are partnered by acrid oak, while the moderately full palate of rather transient fruit dries out fairly quickly to a short and lean finish dominated by rather stale and smoky oak influences.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
81
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet offers some savoury complexity, with a suspicion of green/canopy characters lurking in the background. The palate is a replay of the bouquet, opening with gently sweet fruit, then moving to a savoury/foresty finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet offers nicely balanced fruit and vanillin American oak. The palate opens up in the same fashion, although charry American oak is a little too emphatic on the finish for my liking.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
84
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
A pleasant, easy-drinking commercial red wine with good colour, soft red berry fruit and vanilla oak aromas, and a smooth, easy, moderately oaky palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
81

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