Shiraz Springflat 2019
Heathcote, Wild Duck Creek, 750 ml
Crisp black and very intense fruity nose, clear and straightforward, dense and deep. Great structure, dense, almost furry tannins, some sweetness, great contour sharpness with a surprisingly firm acidity. A lot of character.
A product of the Marc Almert Selection IV
With the Marc Almert Selection, the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019, presents you a personally compiled selection of wines that not only touch his palate, but also his heart.
Marc Almert about the Springflat Shiraz
My first trip outside European lands took me Down Under as part of a young sommelier competition. Until then, I had thought of Australian Shiraz as "alcoholic, jammy wine with a potpourri of aromas". On site, I was proven wrong and was quickly taken in by the variety of styles and the impressive balance. One area that always stands out is Heathcote in Victoria. The Shirazs from there are more like a "Syrah", as is the Springflat from Wild Duck Creek Estate. Its richness on the palate is accompanied by a silky elegance, delicate tannins and a concentrated aroma of red berries. A delight not only with "wild ducks", but also with other slightly spicy meat dishes.
Grossartiger Wein-Genuss mit Drehverschluss
Passend in der Australienanlage des Zoos Zürich räumt Marc Almert mit einigen Klischees zu australischem Wein auf.
|Origin:||Australia / Victoria / Heathcote|
|Ripening potential:||4 to 10 years|
|Drinking temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Vinification:||Pumping over, use of traditional basket press|
|Maturation:||in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces|
|Maturation duration:||18 months|
A hint of pepper
The legend stubbornly persists that the Syrah variety came from the Persian city of Shiraz. Yet, researchers have shown that it is a natural crossing of two old French varieties: the red Dureza from the Rhône Valley and the white Mondeuse blanche from Savoy. Wines from Syrah are gentle and concentrated. They smell of dark berries, violets and liquorice, and amaze with a piquant touch of white pepper. As varietal wines, they are found on the northern Rhone, as in the Hermitage or Côte Rôtie appellations, as well as in Swiss Valais. In the southern Rhône Valley, Syrah is often wedded with Grenache and Mourvèdre. In 1832, a Frenchman brought the variety to Australia, where it became the emblem of the national wine industry. There, the weightiest versions develop with typical notes of tar and chocolate.
Heathcote: Ein Terroir für Shiraz und mehr
Ein Gürtel aus verschiedenen Weinregion umschliesst im Bundesstaat Victoria die Millionen-Metropole Melbourne. Noch wenig bekannt sind die Appellationen in Central Victoria, die sich nördlich von Melbourne im Landesinnern befinden. Dabei hat gerade hier in den letzten Jahrzehnten eine dynamische Qualitätsentwicklung stattgefunden. Im ländlichen Heathcote etwa, reifen in einem gemässigten Klima auf rot schimmernden Verwitterungsböden kräftige, aber gut strukturierte Shiraz-Weine von mittlerem Alkoholgehalt.
Victoria: amazing variety
The wine region of Victoria, which surrounds the Melbourne metropolis, often stands in the shadow of South Australia. This is economically justifiable, as the 17,000 hectares planted with vines in Victoria amount to only a quarter of South Australia's cultivation area. On the other hand, Victoria is untouchable in terms of the diversity of its wines. In various climate zones, one can discover Burgundian Pinot Noirs, fully structured Shirazes and sweet wines that have matured for decades. Victoria is a true magician’s cabinet of Australian wines.
Australia – A rapid rise to the international elite.
Australia, separated from the other continents by oceans for roughly 50 million years, has almost two hundred years of viticulture history. For a long time, Australians pressed their wines for their own use, with simple, undemanding vines. But later the country began to specialize in classic, European varieties. And with great success –Australian wines today enjoy great prestige and are consumed worldwide..