Thursday, 9 May 2013

Paradise IV The Bates' Ford Shiraz 2011

The city of Geelong was primarily an industrial based regional city up until the early 1960s. The big car manufacturers have had to reduce their size as they compete on an international scale which has meant the wine industry, government businesses and tourism sectors have had to take up the slack. The normal max temperature during January and Febuary is 24 degrees celsius with the area experiencing 130 days of rain per year on average which makes the region an ideal spot for cooler style wine-making. I believe the areas of Ballarat, Geelong and the Macadon Ranges will start to dominate the quality market as people look for savoury style wines.

Paradise IV The Bates' Ford Shiraz 2011

Very fragrant from the get go with spice being the main componant of enjoyment. It is exotic is its profile of turkish spice markets mixed with vibrant savoury fruits taking charge underneath. The palate length is beautiful as it the whole of the wines story. This certainly isn't a baller of a wine which means I get to listen to the wine whisper sweet nothings to me all night. While I don't think the 2011s are the same quality as the mind blowing 2010s, the quality is brilliant nonetheless.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Price: $40
Rated: 92
Drink: 2015 - 2030

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