Pig in the House Organic Shiraz 2013

First, a couple of thoughts.  The first is a response to the question: where’s Cowra?  The answer is that the Cowra wine region is a relatively new wine region situated roughly south west of Orange in New South Wales and (much further) north of Canberra.  It has a warm, dry and continental growing climate and altitudes of around 300 to 380 metres.

The second is the reference to “organic” on the label.  The word evokes “caution” in my mind when it comes to wine, despite being generally partial otherwise to organics (provided of course it’s “better”).  I am aware this is not a particularly logical position to take.  Doubly so given that the word “biodynamic” does not engender the same caution in my mind.  Paradoxically the latter is of course a far more extreme and some would argue more hocus pocus version of viticulture than organics.  Probably I rather suspect it is because the early organic wines I tried simply weren’t particularly good – more organic as an excuse, rather than a reason for quality.  But I digress.

This organic wine however from “Pig in the House” is nothing like that; it is very good indeed.  This is a very rich and pure fruited expression of shiraz, with aromatics reminding of dark plum, pepper and dark cherry.  These flavours carry through to the palate and there is relatively long length on the finish to round things out.  Overall, this is a very good release of a full bodied, full flavour style of shiraz.

Rating: Very Good, Abv: 14%, Price: $25, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.piginthehouse.com.au, Tasted: 2014

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