an exciting shiraz from the great southern

September 1, 2010  |  wine review

I’m so excited! Just found a wine that is the epitome of my blog objective. Great drinking, different and top value, in the $15 to $20 segment. The Plantagenet Omrah Shiraz 2006 is the new hero but it won’t be around for long. This one was found in Vintage Cellars at Mosman for $14 in a dozen lot. The current vintage, 2008, is a cracker as well and sells through cellar door at $18.

Plantagenet was the pioneer of the Great Southern area in the late 60′s. The neareast settlement is Mt Barker (which they named a famous subterranean clover variety after) about 350km south of Perth. As we sort out our variety- area strengths in this young Australian industry, Shiraz appears to be to the Great Southern as Cabernet Sauvignon is to Margaret River. Plantagenet is now owned by Lionel Samson and Son, a wine distributor that is exporting as well as distributing nationally. The Omrah is their second label, supported by the emerging Rocky Horror and Rosetta vineyards.

My tasting notes follow:

Attractive sweet plums and cherries on the nose with a delightful mouthful of lifted fruit. Some pleasant rhubarb acidity giving way to sweet sappy savoury tannins with a lingering spicy finish. A wonderful food wine which opens up in the glass. 14.0% alcohol. 93/100, Fantastic value – grab some while you can!

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