Posted on

West Cape Howe Shiraz 2009

A paradise for surfers, Western Australia is home to some of the country’s finest wineries. An absence of extreme temperatures in Summer and Winter allows the grapes to linger on the vine and develop impressive flavour and depth. The upshot is some gorgeously complex and elegant wines. This fine red is from West Cape Howe Wines, which was run by Brendan and Kylie Smith for a “highly successful seven years” (Halliday). Gavin Berry, former winemaker to legendary Plantagenet Wines, bought the property in 2004 and has continued to build on its success.Gavin combined smoky blackberry Shiraz with cherry rich Tempranillo, maturing the wine in oak barrels for a year to add complexity. Enjoy with peppered steaks or roast lamb.