“Shiraz grapes grown on the Stevens Estate Vineyards in the McLaren Vale wine region were used to produce this dry red wine of exceptional quality. 15 months maturation in new American oak hogsheads has enhanced the intense flavours & characteristics of this well balanced wine, giving it excellent cellaring potential, along with immediate drinkability.”
It is difficult not to agree with this statement from the back label of this wine. I have a huge exclamation mark in my wine journal next to my tasting note of Stevens Family Shiraz 2010 and I definitely recommend it to everyone who has an opportunity to visit the cellar door of Graham Stevens!
So what it is about Stevens Family Shiraz that I loved so much? First of all, it’s the colour – deep purple on the edge and black in the middle. Secondly, it’s the intense bouquet, fresh and earthy at the same time, with black fruits, a hint of dried plums, spices and liquorice.
In the mouth Stevens Family Shiraz 2010 is dry, silky and delicate. Perfectly balanced with smooth round tannins, fine astringency and refreshing acidity. Palate tastes of fruits: blackberry, blue berry, a hint of blackcurrant and lots of plums. Fruits are followed by other flavours such as spices (liquorice and a hint of white pepper), cedar wood and a note of coffee. This wine is harmonious, complex, rich and definitely worthwhile trying.
STEVENS FAMILY SHIRAZ 2010 wine details:
Wine – Stevens Family Shiraz
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2010
Grape varieties – Shiraz
Producer – Graham Stevens Wines (read more)
Distributor / Importer – only in cellar door
Winemaker – Graham Stevens
Vineyards – McLaren Vale
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 14,5%
Barrel ageing – yes, 15 months maturation in new American hogsheads
Cellaring – yes, another 3-4 years
Price range – 30$
Others – wine available only in the cellar door
Tasting date – March 2015, Graham Stevens Wines cellar door, McLaren Vale, Australia