Tarrahill Shiraz 2014

Tarrahill in the Yarra Valley continue to produce very good estate wines, and have become one of my regular purchases.  A few notes and photos from my visit 18 months ago are posted here.  This is the first review of Tarrahill’s new releases: a shiraz from the 2014 vintage.  Unexpectedly (to me at least), on 2015 numbers, shiraz is the Yarra Valley’s third largest grape variety by tonnage (12%).  This is admittedly well behind pinot noir and chardonnay (together, 63%), but nonetheless suggestive of high demand for its expression of cooler climate shiraz.

2014 is reported as a good vintage in the region, with cool weather at flowering restricting yields and a warm and dry finish to the vintage permitted the ripening of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.  I think this shows in the glass, as there’s a remarkable quality and ripeness of the fruit in Tarrahill’s 2014 shiraz that would confound many a blind tasting group.  In the glass, the 2014 shiraz has aromas of cedar (some new oak is used) and plums.  The palate is a full flavoured expression of shiraz, with reminders of plum and blackcurrant.  (Alc: 14.2%, Region: Yarra Valley, Rating: Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2025+, Tasted: July, 2017)

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Published by Sean Mitchell

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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