Sixty Second Swirl

Wallaroo Wines is idyllically set in the ‘Hills of Hall’ micro-region of the Wallaroo area at the Southern end of the Yass Valley region.

The vineyard is expansive and planted 25 years ago in 1996 to the region’s trusty trio of varieties – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling.

The wines they produce are true to the classic cool climate elegance and poise.  This week’s ‘swirl’ is the Wallaroo Wines Shiraz 2017, and is a cracking expression of the variety.

This Shiraz is a deep ruby red colour in the glass.

A swirl reveals vibrant and embracing aromas of blackberries, macerated dark cherries and rose petals with a shake of cool-climate white pepper and star anise spice.

The palate is medium-bodied, bright and youthful with bright red and black fruit flavours.  It delivers a lovely line and length with attractive acid and fine tannins.

At four years old, this wine is still delivering youthful elegance and attractive complexity.

We enjoyed our bottle with homemade, saffron-infused, spicy chorizo paella with classic Spanish flavours. This Shiraz would go very well with chargrilled lamb backstrap, with a rub of middle eastern spices, or a mildly spicy lamb hotpot.

I bought mine from the Yass Valley Information Centre, but you can also buy for $28 online 

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Brent Lello – Yass Valley Wine Columnist