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DogRidge Shirtfront Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Dog Ridge make wines that are so redolent of the McLaren Vale and this Shiraz is distinctly regional. This Shiraz is called the Shirtfront probably because it’s been poured down a few in its time. It’s so typical of the Vale with a rich vein of black fruit, chocolate, licorice and earth on the nose before a broad palate of juicy fruits, some subtle oak and nicely woven tannins. It finishes long with powerful intensity and drinks even better with a cheese plate including mature cheddar.

Winemaker's Notes

The shirtfront is a fair but ferocious straight-on tackle at speed that stops a player in their tracks and is as much a tradition of Australian football as high marks, meat pies and tomato sauce. (A shirtfront leaves you stunned and in awe on the grass.) At Dog Ridge the family loves the shirtfront. No compromise, fair and square, front on and fearless is the way we want to face the world - and make wine. The Dog Ridge vines play happily in the ancient, tough soils of McLaren Vale, where the cool seabreeze adds ?nesse to their powerful tackle.

A cheeky robust Shiraz with explosive flavour and great balance! The hue is deep red purple. Powerful aromas of spicy red berry jam with floral notes. The palate is filled with explosive juicy fruit and light silken tannins. A bold Shiraz yet complex and soft enough to be a great food wine. Tasty wood-oven pizzas and lightly charred tucker is definitely a winner with this wine style.

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DogRidge Shirtfront Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A generous and sweet black-fruited wine, showing mocha, mulberry, licorice and cinnamon on the bouquet; fleshy, forward and soft-centred for early consumption, the generosity of fruit is the key. Ready to go now and for the medium term.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The old-fashioned 'shirtfront' in Aussie Rules was a tackle that was (reading from the back label) 'straight on, but fair and ferocious'. Sounds like the wine ... Really good. Plenty of sexy vanillin oak, spice and pulpy red-berried flavours. This is a full-bodied, mouth-coating red wine. It's lush and smooth with lashings of juicy, chocolatey appeal and excellent carry through the mouth. Simple and a little obvious, perhaps, but it delivers satisfaction with a gratuitous thump.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour; the great '06 vintage to the fore; excellent regional typicity, with blackberry fruit, dark chocolate, spice and oak seamlessly welded on the long, medium- to full-bodied palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Lovely dark cherry fruit, well-tempered cedar oak and tannins all in perfect harmony with a good savoury aftertaste that lingers on.
Winestate 20082009

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