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Forest Hill Vineyard Block 9 Shiraz

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Here's a deep, brooding wine that demands a little time in the cellar, but it is starting to show itself now. Scents of dark cherries and berries, cinnamon spice and earthiness decorate the nose, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with a succulent cherry centre, licks of dried herbs, a solid line of tannins, and a slinky, earthy spice finish. Recommend giving it a good decant before serving.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Dark red with a purple hue.

Nose: Intense aromas of blue berry and Satsuma plum with subtle anise and earthy undertones. Spicy aromas of white pepper develop in the glass.

Palate: Intense flavours of red and blue berries carry through onto the palate with lingering anise and earthy characters. The silky tannins are very well integrated providing a long and generous mouth feel. This Block 9 Shiraz is certainly approachable now; though will age well over the next 8-10 years. The structure will continue to integrate and soften more towards the back-palate.

Food: Steamed Belgium Callebaut pudding, beetroot cardamom glaze, cherry nougat. This Swiss chocolate loaded pudding provides the palate with a delicate sweetness while the beetroot glaze adds the savoury, earthy undertone which is beautifully balanced in the Shiraz. The cherry nougat adds texture to complement the fine chewy berry tannins within the wine.

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Forest Hill Vineyard Block 9 Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; barely medium-bodied, with spices and dusty tannins very evident shortly after being bottled, the black and red cherry fruit flavours suddenly start invading all corners of the mouth, and you recognise the bloodlines of an aristocratic wine that would rather not have to speak so soon after its birth.
2025
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson; multi-spice, leather and licorice elements run through the plum and black fruits of the bouquet and the finely structured, medium-bodied palate.
2023
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue; made from the oldest shiraz vines on the vineyard; a wonderfully perfumed bouquet, with spice, anise and a bed of black fruits, the medium-bodied palate positively silky and very long, the tannins superfine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
A 'wow' wine. Blackberry, plenty of regional black pepper and spice, quite a lot of positive oak - but the wine is up to it. Medium-to full-bodied with excellent black-fruited flavour and length to burn. Lovely grainy tannins. A great expression of Great Southern Shiraz.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 2010
96
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Really concentrated and powerful shiraz here with those savoury earthy notes mingling with lifted spice and black pepper. It's a richly textured wine with that savoury finish a dominant feature of an excellent palate. Everything just fits together beautifully.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
95
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Tight, subdued nose. Bright, fleshy palate full of good, juicy varietal fruit.
Winestate magazine 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Shame we can't show you a picture of the Forest Hill labels - they're very stylish. Dinner-table porn, in a way. A 'wow' wine. Blackberry, plenty of regional black pepper and spice, quite a lot of positive oak - but the wine is up to it. Medium- to full-bodied with excellent black-fruited flavour and length to burn. Lovely grainy tannins. A great expression of Great Southern Shiraz.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An elegant fusion of wonderfully focused black cherry and blackberry fruit with quality oak; only medium-bodied, but has effortless length and super-fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Super-refined, medium-bodied black cherry, blackberry, licorice and spice; careful oak management so as to simply provide a frame for the painting of the fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95

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