Wine Code Breaker #327

2017 First Creek Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

The Hunter Valley wine region in New South Wales is Australia’s oldest.  It tends to get lost when compared to the volumes out of the other regions across the country.  What is remarkable, is that the Hunter Valley produces <1% of the nations crush.  The leading red wine of this warm climate region is the Shiraz.  The style is not a blockbuster, more of a medium bodied wine that is good now, but delightful much later.

The 2017 First Creek Shiraz from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales is a vibrant purple that flashes brightly.  The nose has red berries, touches of leather and citrus zest, floral elements and herbs of cardamoms and bay leaves.  The palate has those red berries coming through, with flecks of plums, spices and herbs. Its texture is grainy which combines with the acidity to deliver a remarkable persistence and longevity for the price.


Rating94 pts
DrinkNow; 10+ yrs
TastedApr 2020

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