Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Shiraz 2021


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Region: Beechworth
Grapes: Shiraz
First Glance: Briny, Savoury, Cooling, Lifted 
Acclaim: 94pts

The Wine:

A deep but clear maroon-purple appearance. The nose flips between olive brine and cold clay, and more ascendant violet purple floral characters. With time in glass, a ripple of pleasing greeny stalkishness emerges as does white pepper and macerated blue-purple fruits. The palate is all blackberry compote, unsweetened and vital, and the tannins are quite rolling and layered, silty and emery at the same time. Cool pepperiness builds to length.

The Review: 
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 94pts
"I can see why they chose to call it ‘Syrah’.

Plum, toasted hazelnut and pecans, roast beef and rosemary, a grind of pepper and spice. It’s medium-bodied, silky and nutty, walnut tannin, and a kind of honey and red fruit juiciness, though it’s essence is more stony/mineral, and, of course, nutty, and the finish has some spice and burnt orange, which carries long in the aftertaste. Really like this. It’s so distinctive and good to drink."