Today might well be April Fools Day but at Majestic it is most definitely Fine Wine Friday at all of our designated fine wine stores. If you have a copy of our Grape to Glass magazine all of our fine wine stores are denoted with a FW symbol in the store listing on pages 46 and 47, alternatively browse our Grape to Glass e-brochure. You can have a look on your local stores webpage to see what they have open or just pop in. Karen from Majestic Wine Cheltenham has posted on their store page the wine that they have opened and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share her tasting note with all the Majestic blog readers.
Most of you are undoubtedly familiar with the wide range of wine and styles that come from the state of South Australia. But within this most productive state there are smaller G.I (Geographical Indicators), that define the production boundaries and hence mean the wine you are drinking must come from the specific region. This helps you determine the nuances between the regions – with a bit of tasting practice of course.
The Shaw and Smith Shiraz is from the (relatively) cool climate of the Adelaide Hills, part of the Mount Lofty Ranges G.I. And as the name of this region suggests it is quite hilly, ranging from 350-700 metres above sea level.
Shiraz is not the traditional grape of this region, yet the results that Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW get with this grape are outstanding. The wine is more of a European style of Shiraz with nods to the classic Syrah (Shiraz) region of the Rhône Valley.
With a complex nose of black pepper, smoke, grilled meats and blackberry the palate has a lush texture, real purity and balance. As I couldn’t possibly word it any better, to quote our website this wine is “Like an exotic Hermitage but at half the price” and “only a limited volume comes into the UK, buy it while we have some in stock!” At £20* a bottle when you buy 2 or more bottles it really is a bit of a bargain, and you can even pop in [to Majestic Wine Cheltenham] and try it for Fine Wine Friday on Friday 1st April.
*Price valid until 2nd May 2011