The nose hints of Rhone, rather than Oz, with aromas of grilled meat and olives complementing blackberries dusted with graphite. On the palate, blackberries, the smoky charred end of prime rib, olives, pepper, and the tiniest hint of vanilla all show on a multi-layered palate that adds high-toned tart red fruits on the mid-palate and ends with a lingering meaty finish with tart hints around the edges. Tannins are fine but full, acids match. This is a dark, rich, food-friendly wine, a doppelganger for a Northern Rhone. Drink with braised short ribs. Highly Recommended. DH.

WHO: Eden Road
WHAT: Shiraz
WHERE: Hilltops, New South Wales, Australia
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $23 (media sample)

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  • http://danmurphys.com.au Peter Nixon

    A worthy review for a worthy wine. Just one comment, The Long Road 2010 is entirely from Gundagai NSW – the cuvée changes each vintage. http://www.edenroadwines.com.au/purchase-wine/reds/2010-the-long-road-shiraz also won a Gold medal at the Canberra Regional Wine Show in 2010 proving that wine shows aren’t completely rubbish.

  • http://danmurphys.com.au Peter Nixon

    Sorry, correction – that wine show was 2011, not 2010 as stated.