DogRidge Shirtfront Shiraz 2013

DogRidge again comes with a gaming tips. Last time I had All-Rounder in cricket, this time I have Australian football and Shirtfront (Shirtfront Shiraz 2013).

At DogRidge the family loves the shirtfront. No compromise, fair and square, front on and fearless is the way we want to face the world – and make wine”.

And they definitely do!

But what does the ‘shirtfront’ mean? There’s the answer for those of you, who never heard about it:

The shirtfront is a fair but ferocious straight-on tackle at speed that stops a player in their tracks and is as much a tradition of Australian football as high marks, meat pies and tomatoe sauce. (A shirtfront leaves you stunned and in awe on the grass)”.

What about the wine? What does Shirtfront Shiraz 2013 have in common to Shirtfront in football? Let’s check it out!




Shirtfront Shiraz McLaren Vale 2013 from DogRidge has a lively ruby colour and intense aroma. The bouquet shows varietal character – there’re aromas of blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant and black cherry in the glass, but also you can smell rosemary and thyme, which I find common in McLaren Vale’s wines. The secondary aromas show a hint of spices, aniseed and nutmeg.

On the palate the wine is full bodied, well-balanced and complex. You can taste all of the dark fruits such as blackberry blackcurrant, black cherry, blueberry altogether with spices (especially white pepper), some nutmeg and toast. The Shirtfront Shiraz is a solid wine, a bit warm (15% vol.), rich and muscular. The finish is long with a dried plum aftertaste.

I loved the wine – its varietal character, its concentration, and developed complexity. Shirtfront Shiraz is fine, distinguished and smooth wine that everyone should try while visiting Dog Ridge in McLaren Vale!


DogRidge Shirtfront Shiraz 2013 – wine review:

Wine – Shirtfront Shiraz
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale / McLaren Flat
Vintage – 2013
Grape varieties – Shiraz
Producer – DogRidge Wine Company
Winemaker – F. Howard
Vineyards – in McLaren Vale, incfuenced by cool sea breeze
Style and type – still; red dry
Alcohol – 15%
Serving temperature – room temp., 16-18°C
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 25$
Others – wine is available in Australia
Tasting date – McLaren Vale, Australia, March 2015

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