Mount Barker Back Beach Shiraz 2019
What is Shiraz?
The French and Americans call it Syrah, we call it Shiraz. A versatile variety and well suited to a range of climates, and can be found in most of the grape growing regions of Australia. In hot climates (such as the Barossa Valley of Australia), Shiraz is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions, the acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz allows the wines produced from the grape to have favourable aging potential.
About The Producer
In 1999 David and Caroline Picton-King decided to exchange living and working in Perth for grape growing and winemaking in Mount Barker. They began to convert desire into reality in 2000 when they purchased the property and planted 1ha of shiraz. In ’01 and ’03 they planted 2.4ha of chardonnay, and finally 1.3ha of cabernet sauvignon in ’04, with ‘soft’ organic management. They had been commuting from Perth every couple of weeks to plant and tend the vines up to ’04 when they moved permanently to Mount Barker. The majority of the grapes are sold to other wineries in the district, with most wine sales through the cellar door and café.
About the region
The Mount Barker wine region is located approximately 3hrs drive south of Perth. Its a great place to make camp and explore the five wine producing sub regions within the Great Southern: Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and the Porongurup.
Producing around 37% of wine grapes grown in WA, the Great Southern is one of Australia’s largest Regions. The Great Southern offers unique and varied climates for grape growing. Renowned both nationally and internationally for Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Great Southern and in particular Mount Barker offer the wine traveler a chance to try many classic wine varieties grown and made to perfection.
About The Wine
This beautiful Mount Barker Back Beach Shiraz 2019 has aromas of freshly cracked peppercorns and fragrant spices with blackcurrant undertones tantalise the nose and palate combined with soft rounded tannins that linger in the mouth
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve
Great flavours of black cherry and plum combined with subtle oak treatment have created a very easy drinking Shiraz. This wine is sensational value at $12.00 per bottle.
Score 89/100 – WACC Bronze Medal.