Trophy - Best Shiraz, Gold Medal, 96 Points. All at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018
A premium Yarra Valley Shiraz awarded trophy for Best Shiraz at Royal Melbourne discounted from $35 to $22.99. I wish I could use that as an opening line each week. And I can only imagine how close it came to winning the Jimmy Watson, yes the trophy awarded best Shiraz is in line to win the big Jimmy Watson. This wine has everything. The big Trophy, the fantastic review and now the big price drop - our price is by far and away, the best in Australia.
I'll also add Tokar Estate is in Yarra Valley's "golden mile", in Coldstream, where all the big names are - Oakridge, Yarra Yering and Coldstream Hills and this wine is outstanding. Here's how Campbell Mattinson described the wine:"Yarra Valley shiraz in fine form. Beautifully balanced and fruited. Shot with spice. Threaded with fine-grained tannin. Little more you could hope or ask for. Cherries, peppers, plums and cloves. Has a real feeling of ‘spread’ top it. Kudos." Campbell Mattinson
You've got to give it to Campbell, he sure knows how to write up a wine he likes. Yarra Valley Shiraz has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years and examples like today is the reason why. In terms of style, I should point out this is a modern Australian Shiraz inspired more by Northern Rhone than Barossa. It's lush with lots of flavour without been over the top. It's delicious drinking now and will cellar for a few years.
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!