Sunday, April 30, 2006

ARCHETYPE VINEYARDS SHIRAZ - 2004

From Barossa Valley, Australia's premier appellation, this label is a new arrival on the wine scene launching nationally this year. It is produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, which produces and markets Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyard, The Chalone Wine Group, as well as the French wines from Barton & Guestier, to name but a few.

TASTING NOTES:

There is a bit of a watery edge to this Shiraz, but it still has tremendous concentration. It tastes like a ripe, juicy plum with blackberries and a hint of vanilla. The alcohol is 13.8% but it is integrated fairly well delivering good mouthfeel and ripe fruit flavors to the taste buds.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

85 PTS
This is a solid wine that is priced around $14 a bottle. It is a decent effort for a new wine, but it is only slightly above average. Although its name is Archetype (which is the ideal example of a type; quintessence), this is not even close to an ideal Shiraz. However, there is plenty of potential for this Vineyard to improve its future vintages and inch a bit closer to perfection.

3 Comments:

  • I liked this wine, although I must admit that it wasn't as big as normal shiraz wines from this region. It's almost French in style, more comparable to a Chateuanuf-du-Pape. If one can appreciate that and not expect a big, jammy shiraz then they'll really enjoy this wine.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, February 03, 2007 2:00:00 AM  

  • not your archetypical wine from this region

    By Blogger Thomas, at Friday, August 03, 2007 9:54:00 PM  

  • I agree with the above comments, it is not your typical shiraz from the area. However, as it was the wine that caught my pallet at a wine expo and now I am seeking to purchase more of it, as I am sipping my last glass. I realize that this wine (for the price) is worth the effort. My recommendation stands!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, November 27, 2007 7:19:00 PM  

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