Sunday, April 10, 2011

Eden Road Long Road Shiraz

This wine creates quite a bit of interest, because the 2008 version won the Jimmy Watson Trophy last year - in the first vintage of Eden Road, and it is their second Shiraz label. A number of firsts here, for sure.

The winery proclaims the 2009 Eden Road Long Road Shiraz is an even better wine, as they would. It is actually quite a likable wine. This is quite a feminine Shiraz from the Canberra district, a little bit fruity, and with melting soft tannins and reasonable length. You would not call this wine profound, but one can detect good fruit and winemaking skills in this wine. It is easy on the tongue and will develop some complexity in the next 2-3 years.

Another plus: the winery has chosen not to increase prices as a result of the Jimmy Watson trophy in the previous year. Another first? It is excellent value at $20/bottle.

I tasted a number of their other wines, and they were all quite appealing - a winery to watch.

Score: 91/++

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