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West Cape Howe Two Steps Shiraz

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West Cape Howe Two Steps Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Good purple-crimson; while using the Great Southern region, it is in fact from the Mount Barker subregion, its spicy/savoury medium-bodied black fruits lingering long on the finish and aftertaste; the role of oak and tannins has been finely scripted.
2025
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Announcing one of West Cape Howe’s finest shirazes yet, a beautifully refined wine of silky tannins and well-defined blackberry fruit. There’s an understated intensity here of lifted violet perfume and luscious black cherry and black plum fruit, with notes of black liquorice that linger long of the finish. It pulls in taut and refined on the finish, with lingering, elegant black pepper notes and a graceful, fine tannin texture, drawn out by well balanced, vibrant acidity.
2013-2018
Wine Taste Weekly Edition 105
94
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
This is one of the best these guys have released. Such elegance and poise coupled with so much intensity and fruit concentration all presented with a smooth seamless and almost velvety palate feel Fine tannins and fine grained oak pull the whole thing together. A beauty.
WA Wine Guide 2013
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A beautifully textured and poised WA shiraz, reflecting the cool and restrained personality of the southerly 2009 season. Crunchy black pepper, plum skin and blackberry fruit are lifted by the aromatic perfume of a touch of viognier. Fine, firm, mineral tannins fill out a persistent finish.
Wine Taste - Edition 42 2011
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright but deep crimson-purple; this is a ripper red at its price, or indeed any price.  The best shiraz of the vintage was co-fermented on the skins of viognier, producing a blaze of juicy, spicy red and black berry flavours, anchored by fine tannins ans 18 months in French oak.
WINESTATE Magazine Feb/Mar 2012
95
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A pleasant, ripe and gently nutty nose here. This Great Southern shiraz offers dark berries, light, meaty, spicy complexity and a bright overall impression. The palate s mid-weight and delivers light, supple mixed berry flavours, gently grippy tannins and a fresh, balanced finish. Drink young.
Good Wine Guide 2013
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vivid, deep colour; the best shiraz of the vintage was co-fermented with viognier skins, then spent 18 months in French oak; the balance is immaculate, the palate long, but leave the wine to its own devices for at least 5 years.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
The nose is a dead giveaway for the small amount of viognier that has been co-fermented with the opulent fleshy shiraz to really bring it to life. Aromatic with plum and gingery stone fruit characters. The palate is lavish and plush but with firm fine tannin that threads into the warm fruit. Excellent oak treatment allows the fruit to fully express itself. A terrific example of the style.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Gavin Berry has a knack for making spicy, fragrant shiraz from WA's Great Southern region and here he's added a dose of viognier to further enhance the style. Attractive, sweetly spiced nose with plum, clove and gentle vanillin. The palate's built on sweetly ripe fruit, tannins are smooth and the wine has immediate appeal.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Crimson-red; an aromatic red fruit bouquet leads into a spicy, tangy and vibrant medium-bodied palate, with fine-grained tannins on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This is a belter that captures the best of this wonderful vintage down south in WA. The viognier has been judiciously added so as not to dominate but to simple spice things up a little. The rich dark plum and blackcurrant of the shiraz holds firm in this excellent example of this blend. Just love it.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Lifted and highly perfumed, displaying savoury characters; medium-bodied, with real brightness on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fragrant black and redfruits, licorice and spice with the unmistakable viognier lift; a medium-bodied palate with similarly attractive flavours; very good texture and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
There's a theory that shiraz that has a naturally spicy element blends best with viognier - and it's wine like this that help promote that theory. 2005 RELEASE Talk about generosity of flavour! It's a smooth, dark ride of spicy, syrupy fun, the flavours coming at you in waves. Squishy-ripe, dripping-rich blackberries, fennel, old wood flavour and then grainy, unobtrusive tannins to lead it out. One of the best shiraz viognier blends in the country on this showing. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Attractive wine; lush black fruits with the touch of rounded sweetness from the viognier; also a touch of chocolate and soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94

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