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Five Geese The Pippali Old Vine Shiraz

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Hailing from McLaren Vale, this is a 'big boy' shiraz that has plenty of grunt about it. Weighing in at 14.6% alcohol, aromas of dark, brooding, ripe fruits and a sprinkle of black pepper rise from the glass, whilst the palate is fulsome and fleshy, with generous toasty oak and dark plum flavours, a lick of savoury earthiness, surprisingly approachable tannins, and a smooth-ish finish. It's roast red meats all the way with this one!

Winemaker's Notes

Five Geese is made by Hillgrove Wines, a small McLaren Vale winery currently specialising in Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The company’s underlying philosophy is to promote itself by producing premium wines that are recognised as excellent value for money.

Appearance: Attractive deep red-black colour.

Nose: Complex, spicy; typical of Blewitt Springs characters, even slightly black pepper.

Palate: More savoury palate with plenty of spice up front, and nice fruit sweetness in the middle. Soft tannin on the finish. Flavoursome and robust; definitely a food wine!

Cellaring: Drinking well now, but has the capacity to develop and soften with further time in the bottle. A very reliable wine from an exceptional vintage in McLaren Vale.

Alcohol: 14.6%

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Five Geese The Pippali Old Vine Shiraz

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Blewitt Springs shiraz. Firm, solid, substantial shiraz. Quality written all over it. Value almost goes without saying. Blackberry, earth, saltbush and smoky oak. Excellent integration of the various components. Tannin comes in a block but the fruit is up to the task.
The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
Shiraz from the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. Not sure how old “Old Vines” is. It’s a big wine but it’s also big on value. This leaves a lot of higher priced Big Red Wines in its wake. It’s all blackberry, saltbush, smoky oak and tar, with a sure whack of tannin completing the fix. Barbecued meat the perfect accompaniment here. It gives you what you came for.

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