Reviews and Accolades
2011 Woodstock Shiraz Cabernet
Fergus McGhie – Canberra Times, September 2012
Whenever I make Bolognese, I always need a cabernet to go with it. There must be something about the herbs or maybe the rich tomato sauce that suits a hearty cabernet. Of course, any full bodied red will work—sangiovese would be another variety to try—but for me, if there’s a cabernet in the cellar it is under threat of being consumed when the bolognese pot starts cooking. This week’s wine is more shiraz than cabernet but it’s in the ballpark. If the wine is from McLaren Vale you are probably better off with this mix than a straight cabernet. Shiraz from the area always has such delicious juicy fruit to it and with a little savour and backbone from the cabernet, this is a wine of real style. Made by the ubiquitous Ben Glaetzer with fruit grown by Scott Collett of Woodstock, this is a wine where fruit shines over oak. For many growers, the 2011 season was one they’d rather forget, but this wine shows that when good vineyards are combined with a good maker, even in difficult years great wines can be made.
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