Rhone Rangers of Margaret River

By Fergal Gleeson*

grape-field-at sunset

Despite a relatively low profile, Shiraz is the second most widely planted red varietal after Cabernet Sauvignon in Margaret River (4,244 vs 6,460 tonnes – ABS 2012 Statistics). Fellow Rhone varietal Mourvedre by contrast is almost unknown. Here are three recommendations to try:Voyager Shiraz

Voyager Estate Shiraz 2013

The Margaret River Wine Region was invented to produce cabernet but this profound Shiraz shows that the region has got versatility. This is a sophisticated wine from one of it’s powerhouses. Voyager Shiraz probably speaks five languages and appreciates modern art! It’s a cool climate Shiraz with an intensity of flavour. The flavour is savoury with smooth tannins that provide a lovely texture. Case closed that Margaret River can nail this Rhone variety.

RRP $38                www.voyagerestate.com.au

DW Block 7 Shiraz Reserve

Deep Woods Estate Reserve Block 7 Shiraz 2014

You’d be thrilled if you opened a Shiraz of this quality from South Australia, Victoria or the Hunter. This uses the dark side of the force- it’s no pretty little thing- it’s brooding and intense. The Block 7 has powerful black fruit and finishes with a long refreshing aftertaste. Deep Woods are also Dux at Cabernet, Chardonnay and Rose with Jimmy Watson and Halliday trophies but this is a gorgeous wine. “Wild Thing” by the Troggs played in my mind.

RRP $45                www.deepwoods.com.au

Arimia Mourvedre

Arimia Mourvedre 2014

Meryl Streep can do any accent and it would appear that Margaret River can handle any variety. Arimia make the only single varietal Mourvedre’s in the region. They are championing new varietals for the region such as Zinfandel, Grenache, Shiraz Viognier, Petit Verdot and Verdelho.

The perfumed nose follows through to the palate which is fruit driven and opulent. Mourvedre is normally gnarly but Arimia have made a smoother style similar in flavour to a good Cotes Du Rhone but without the garrigue. Classy!

RRP $60                www.arimia.com.au

This is a modified excerpt from an article, which appeared in the winter edition of Your Margaret River Region Magazine. For more Wine Reviews read and follow www.greatwineblog.com  Drink and be merry!

*Finalist- New Wine Writer of the Year 2016- WCA /Gourmet Traveller WINE


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