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Sunday, 21 November 2010

2009 Moppity Vineyards Estate Shiraz

It was this wine that first brought Moppity Wines to my attention.  An excellent review on the Winefront had me yearning to find some.  Jason Brown, proprietor and winemaker, was gracious enough to point me in the direction of some stockists in the Brisbane area.

However, it was the 2008 Lock & Key Shiraz that first passed my lips, and in a quest to find some of the 2009 - on a recommendation from Jason - of that same wine, I chanced upon the Estate version at McGuire's Cellar in Paddington, Brisbane.

I love a good bottle shop.  I often remark that a good bottle shop is like a library. Full of gems you're possibly aware of - classics - and new releases from the latest rising stars.  A place where you could spend hours browsing, not to mention mentally buying and tasting - for although I may have A+ tastes, a young family to look after leaves me with a Z- budget.

As ever I digress.  I tasted the wine over two days, decanting it as I typically do.  Initially I was picking up what I thought were aromas of roasted meats, more appropriately the juices that you'd get from a roasting tin.  However given time, an altogether more delicate fragrance revealed itself - the result of some co-fermented Viognier.

On the palate, the initial thought was of pepper.  Indeed I was thinking of a dish from Jamie Oliver's Italy, which is a Pepper Stew.  The wine felt incredibly silken, yet gentle tannins were present, dissolving into a pleasant peppery warmth.  This is an incredibly well constructed wine - but I do caution that it either needs a good decant, or if you can cellar and truly appreciate its charms.  I may have a Z- budget, but this wine satisfies my A+ tastes without breaking the bank.

Source: Retail
Cost: $23
Closure: Screwcap
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