Diedrich. It seemed such a strong name to me. So much so I had to google it and yep, I can see why I had that feeling. As it turns out, and I won’t bore you with the back story, in Germanic it means “ruler of the people”. I can honestly see this wine, in a wine show, being the “ruler” in its class. It’s proven this with its ‘rewards’.
From nose to toes this does not let up. Richness abounds in all its wonderful facets. It’s clearly a youngster that is destined for a place on a throne in a wine kingdom somewhere.
Quite a pretty nose and quite deceptive. It’s inviting for sure and seems to hover in the red berry spectrum which was a surprise when I saw the deep colour.
The palate is where it shows its incredibleness (another new word maybe?). It’s rich and bold and showy but sits in the medium to full bodied range. Darker fruits shine here, lush juicy plumminess too, the oak is prominent but has married the fruit to produce a mighty fine partnership. Now, this is going to sound odd for a red wine such as this but I thought I detected some acid. It was like orange rind/zest but soft and did not detract from the wine at all. Tannins, yep, fine and complementary to a long, lingering finish.
So, those rewards I mentioned earlier;
- Trophy, Red Wine of the Show, Orange Wine Show 2016
- Trophy, Best Shiraz of the Show, Orange Wine Show 2016
- Trophy, Red Wine of the Show, Orange Wine Show 2017
- Trophy, Best Shiraz of the Show, Orange Wine Show 2017
- Gold Medal, Orange Wine Show 2017
- Gold Medal, Orange Wine Show 2016
I think this is the perfect way to end this review.
Region: Orange, NSW Price: $50 Source: Sample courtesy of Gartelmann Wine and Define Wine