Saturday, January 25, 2014

Oxford Landing Estates 2012 Shiraz

Oxford Landing Estates 2012 Shiraz,  $10.80-$16.00 86 points, appeared bright opaque ruby trending more burgundy-red than Shiraz purple, and having a broad clear rim.
Sweet red fruit and spring-clothesline-dried-cleaned-linen on the nose were pleasant and brought back childhood memories.
The body just managed a marginally medium, and carried good acidity and mild tannin on an almost spritz-like texture.
Flavors of strawberry, sweet red cherry, and eucalyptus were good, and trailed long into the finish with just a hint of coffee, spice, and the 13.5% alcohol.
I've begun to list a number of wines that resembled this one, and the odd thing is that they can cross varietal lines yet remain almost undistinguishable from each other. As I see it, the vinification process can to a greater or less degree over-ride varietal character.
I bought this Shiraz at the Londonderry Hannaford's Supermarket.

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  1. Not great quality fruit, and choice of yeast, and weird winemaking practices can make for a less than varietal wine (in my estimation).

    1. Vinogirl, I hadn't researched it, but it seems logical to assume that something had to account for this result; thank you!