Full Review

Monterra

Monterra
2016 Reserve, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40

Monterra
2016 Reserve, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Shiraz

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Opaque black violet color. Smoky aromas of charred nuts, custard, and blackberry chutney with a lightly tannic, crisp, full body and a peppery, charming, cheery sweet tobacco and plum butter finish with moderate oak flavor. An inky shiraz with lots of smoky oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: charred nuts, custard, and blackberry chutney
Taste Flavor: sweet tobacco and plum butter
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Curry, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An inky shiraz with lots of smoky oak.

The Producer

Monterra Wines

The Producer
RDS 1436 Meadows Road
WIllunga, SA 5172
Australia
61 -412504010

Shiraz

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Shiraz is made in several countries, but the best-known versions are from Australia. Known as Syrah in other countries, Shiraz is a rich red wine known for its blackberry and plum flavors and moderate tannins. Some examples also have a good amount of pepper, tobacco, licorice and black spice apparent on the palate as well.

There are hundreds of versions from Australia, ranging from less than $10 a bottle to more than $40 a bottle. The lighter versions are easy-drinking and should be consumed within one or two years, while the more expensive versions are best consumed from seven to ten years of age. Shiraz in grown in several regions of Australia, the most famous being Barossa and Victoria.

Given the popularity of Australian Shiraz, some producers in California have labeled their offerings of Syrah as Shiraz.

Pair these wines with grilled and barbecued foods, game birds and roasts.