Saturday, June 27, 2009

Whistling Eagle Shiraz

Whistling Eagle is a boutique Heathcote producer, sitting on great soil in the northern part of the area. The Shiraz is called Bull's Blood, so you know what you are getting yourself into. The winery name is quite cute too, maybe aspiring to Screaming Eagle, the number one cult wine in the US.

I quite like this wine in cooler years, but the 2005 Whistling Eagle Shiraz is just too much. The fruit is very expressive, but too ripe, with blackberry flavours and a very tannic backbone. The wine is too alcoholic at 15.2% (it may be more) and overblown. One glass at the fireplace or with a steak can be satisfying, but that would be the limit.

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