The western coast of Australia boasts that they make 2% of Australia’s wine, but win 90% of the medals in competition. It’s not hard to see why this is. While South Eastern Australia has a hot dry climate that makes it easy to ripen grapes year in and year out, winemakers know that the best wine is not just made from ripe grapes. The best wines generally comes from more moderate climates, where the temperatures fluctuate throughout the day. These “diurnal” temperature variations as they are called, build complexity and acidity in a wine that cannot be matched by shear ripeness. This is what Western Australia offers.
The climate is cool-temperate and strongly influenced by the proximity of the Southern Ocean. Rainfall is plentiful and even during the hottest Australian summer, daytime temperatures are moderated by cooling evening sea breezes. The warm days and cool nights allow maximum retention of the varietal flavours and aromas required for complex wines.
On offer this week is the 2013 Plantagenet Omrah Shiraz. This is a classic West Australian wine that has more in common with a French Syrah than a typical Aussie Shiraz. It is elegant, well-structured with great acidity and some lovely tannins that can stand up to grilled bbq meats..
The 2013 Plantagenet Omrah Shiraz is available for immediate delivery. To order, please reply to this e-mail or telephone us at 416-463-4683.