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Serafino Sharktooth Shiraz 2009 & Richland Pinot Grigio 2012

Serafino Sharktooth Shiraz 2009

Serafino Sharktooth
Shiraz 2009

If you have won a Jimmy Watson Trophy and you've also produced wine in Italy, France, the United States and also Australia it really means something when you describe the grapes from a certain vineyard as being "the kind of thing winemakers dream about."

That is exactly how Charles Wish from the McLaren Vale's Sharktooth Block vineyard summed up the fruit that went into its leading Sharktooth Shiraz. Wish said that when he started with Serafino in 2009 he was completely taken by is distinctive fruit from that block. He said, "It definitely was the kind we winemakers dream about."

For those who know their Shiraz the Serafino Sharktooth Shiraz 2009, with its deep purple colouring, full bodied palate and its ardent, rich and beautiful flavours of dark berry fruit, is truly quite good.

While not inexpensive at $70, it is most surely a rewarding drop for that special occasion. Combine with a good flame-grilled fillet of beef or just drink it on its own.

A Glass For Lunch:

The Pinot Grigio from the Richland label has certainly been one of our favourites for some time. This excellent wine is produced in Westend Estate at Griffith in the NSW Riverina by Bill Calabria.

His most recent from the 2012 vintage is on par with the best of what we have come to expect from previous vintages. This vintage, from excellent fruit and applied wine making expertise, has a pungency with lemon and ripe pear aromas. It has a palate that's strong and full bodied and sharp apple, spic fruit and lychee flavours.

This is an excellent value wine coming in at $10.95 and can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods from Asian Pad Thai and noodle dishes to platters of Italian antipasto.

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