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Brewery Hill Shiraz 2008

My husband and I tried this wine over a couple of nights with curry and spag bol, I have to say it wasn't a great food/wine match with either. Therefore the best match in my opinion would be a good old steak on the BBQ. When I put my nose into the glass and breathed in deeply I got a hint of fruits and what came to mind instantly was picking fresh cherries off the trees in France, then to a smell which reminded me of bubbling jam cooking on the stove.
Posted 03rd February 2010        
     

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My husband and I tried this wine over a couple of nights with curry and spag bol, I have to say it wasn’t a great food/wine match with either. Therefore the best match in my opinion would be a good old steak on the BBQ.

When I put my nose into the glass and breathed in deeply I got a hint of fruits and what came to mind instantly was picking fresh cherries off the trees in France, then to a smell which reminded me of bubbling jam cooking on the stove.

The label is plain but eye catching. On the back it is described as having fine velvety tannins but I have to disagree as I found it to be slightly earthy with gripping tannins. I therefore expected more from this wine as the price should have reflected the quality, but I was slightly disappointed so can only give it 5/10.

I have been told that McLaren Vale Shiraz is one of Australia’s great drinking experiences. The Shiraz grape has been grown in Australia since 1832 and used to be blended with other grape varieties but is now sold as a wine on its own.

I will buy another bottle of this wine to try with a steak as I do believe in everything having a second chance.

ABV: 13.5%
Retailer: Naked Wines
Price: £8.99
Closure: Screw Top

     

3 Responses to “Brewery Hill Shiraz 2008”

  1. My wife Jan and I have just had a bottle with our supper. I totally disagree with the comments made by the person above. It is one of the best red wines I have tasted in a long time. Suggest previous person sticks with lighter bodied wines.

  2. I’ve tried this wine twice and i’ve found that temperature was critical to it’s texture.
    I’ve found that at a warmer temperature than i most often drink red wine, it has an almost creamy texture with a fantastic burning sensation. While drinking, i often leave it poised on my tounge, mouth closed, for an entire minute at least before swishing for a taste at warmer temperature.

  3. Thanks for the comments Tony – good to hear you are enjoying this one. It always proves that each persons tastes are different.

Meet the Author:
Julie & Neil Swift
This wine was reviewed by Julie and Neil Swift, both 51 years of age, and we have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.