2004 Balnaves Shiraz
Coonawarra is a region that is renowned for the production of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. However because of this, people often forget that some excellent Shiraz is also produced from the region.
The latest vintage of Balnaves Shiraz is one of such wines. It captured my interest due to its rich, chocolaty palate that is perfectly supported by black pepper spice. It is deeply concentrated but not at all over ripe and it finishes with softness and length.
This is an excellent wine to pair with good quality steak. Pan-fry, then deglaze the pan with a splash of the Balnaves and drink the rest with the meal. Simply perfect!
Available at good wine stores, online and from the winery.
For more information go to: www.balnaves.com.au
© Toni Paterson March 2006
Wine Diva Wine of the Month, May 2006