Trophy - Best Shiraz, Gold Medal, 96 Points. All at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018
Read the headlines, yes, this wine was awarded Best Shiraz at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018. I can only imagine how close it came to winning the Jimmy Watson! The attention to detail in it's making is the key. All grapes were handpicked and the majority foot stomped and fermented with wild yeasts with no fining or filtration. Some whole bunches included and made in a classic cool climate in style.
I'll also add Tokar Estate is in the Yarra Valley's "golden mile", on Maddens Lane in Coldstream, where all the big names are - Oakridge, Yarra Yering and Coldstream Hills.
This wine is a little shy at first, with aromas of graphite stone and bay leaf, the wine soon comes to life to display its full plumage of boysenberry, cloves and pink peppercorn. The palate has both volume and length, with a gentle lingering grip on the finish (fine, youthful tannins). The fruit is coated in spice with this wine as juicy raspberries intermingle with cedar, myrtle and anise. This is modern Australian Shiraz inspired more by Northern Rhone than Barossa. Delicious drinking now but no rush.
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!