This St Anne’s Vineyards 2017 Liqueur Shiraz is made in the Perricoota region in NSW, near the border of Victoria. The team at St Anne’s recently sent me some of their new releases to try and this was one of them. As my Dad is partial to this style of wine (a fortified wine), I thought I would get his ‘help’ to taste it.
Before I get stuck into what the wine tastes like, let me share a little bit more about this wine. The Shiraz grapes for this wine were left on the vine for an extra 6 weeks to slowly ripen which resulted in more intensely flavoured fruit. The juice underwent a natural fermentation in stainless steel fermenter. This helps to enhance the fruity characteristics in the wine.
Once the fermented juice reached its optimum sugar and alcohol balance, neutral grape spirit was added to make it into a fortified wine. Once done, the wine was put into a French oak Foudre (500L) cask for 12 months prior to being filtered and bottled in Jan 2018.
I think my Dad nailed it with his tasting notes:
On the eye: Black drunken cherry colour (potentially my new favourite way to describe a dark cherry colour!)
On the nose: Coffee, leather and plentiful berries
On the palate: Sweet cherries, blackberries and a lick of orange peel
Definitely, a wine that’ll do well over time in the cellar!
Please note: All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
This bottle was sent to me as a sample direct from the winery.