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2006 Peregrine Ridge American Oak Blend – Shiraz
* * * * (4 stars)
A small portion of the crop was held aside and aged in American oak – often the preferred partner for shiraz in Australia, adding spice and vanilla to often very ripe fruit flavours.
The more elegant fruit profile of central Heathcote shiraz presents a different picture for the framing of American oak and it’s fascinating comparing this with its French oak sibling. Vanilla and cocoa lift the red/blue fruit characters of middle Heathcote – attractive and bolder than the French model, while the palate shows an edge of broader tannins and more obvious oak flavours.
All this certainly adds a splash of immediate appeal, although it will age well while always keeping that extra element of oak spice.
Food Match: Pork sausages”
WINESTATE September/October 2009
“Fabulously rich colour and amazing fruit vibrancy. Beautifully balanced palate has excellent sweetness and well-focused fruit cake and chocolate flavours.”
TROPHY, JUDGES’ AWARD – Fed Square Wine Awards 2008/09
SILVER – Australian Small Winemakers Show 2008, Class 54, Shiraz – 2006 Vintage
BRONZE – Ballarat Wine Show 2008, Class 45, Dry Red Wine – Shiraz
BRONZE – Boutique Wines of Australia Wine Awards 2008, Category 13 – Shiraz
BRONZE – Daylesford Wine Show 2008, Class G, Shiraz and Shiraz Blends
BRONZE – Cairns Show Wine Awards 2009, Category 7.1, Medium Bodied Red Wine, Single varietal – Shiraz or Shiraz/Viognier
BRONZE – Cowra Wine Show 2008, Class 78, Dry Red – Shiraz