Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2004

Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong, screwtop

Adelaide may have the famous names, but Melbourne is surrounded by some pretty high quality wine regions. The Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula are well known in Hong Kong, but the underrated areas of Sunbury, Macedon and Geelong are also worth checking out. Scotchmans Hill is the biggest producer in Geelong; an area known for boutique operations, and thus manages to get a few bottles on Hong Kong shelves. The winery was established on an old dairy farm in 1981 and is still family owned.
This smells pretty tasty with warm dark fruits, milk chocolate and tobacco. The palate is bright, nice and even has a little spice. It's got plenty of persistent dark fruit flavours with a delicious sweet finish that reminds me a bit of old school blueberry bubblegum. It’s a balanced and drinkable wine; the length is good, while fine tannins add structure and persistence. Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2004 is a tasty little number that’s certainly worth trying.

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