Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Moon and The Stars

121. 2001 Pirramimma Shiraz (McLaren Vale - Australia)

We're back to Oz and the "heart" of modern day Shiraz.

The name, Pirramimma, is an aboriginal phrase meaning "the moon and the stars." Currently in its third generation of family winemakers, Pirramimma is a family owned and operated winery and has been so since 1892 - making it one of the oldest wineries in Australia. This is a well-received wine (by both the press and ourselves) and is 100% shiraz from 30-plus year old vines.

Maybe not as well-known as the Barossa as a wine region, McLaren Vale is located about 35km south of Adelaide. It is, however, well-known for its shiraz production. The Shiraz varietal accounts for about half of the area's total crush.

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