From what I have been able to find out on Google, the legendary (in the wine industry anyway) Maurice O’Shea made a blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah during the mid 1900’s that proved to be quite popular (the French would have had conniptions). Unfortunately, the trend faded for a number of years in the late 1900’s, but thankfully, there are now a few producers reviving the blend. This is the first one I have tried and, if this is anything to go by, I intend to try more.
Pinot Noir makes up 56% of the blend while Syrah (Shiraz) makes up the remainder. There’s 20% whole bunches and I’m guessing it has spent time in seasoned oak because it’s all about the fruit when it comes to this wine.
Smells fresh, fruity and juicy. On the palate, cherries, plums and blackcurrants provide everything required for a delightfully flavoursome wine which this is. There’s a delicate spiciness and subtle licorice note (both probably thanks to the Adelaide Hills Syrah) that complements the lovely, juicy berry fruits of the Pinot Noir perfectly. I must say, for a wine built to drink now, this has pretty good length too. This is a very easy wine to like, full stop.
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA Price: $30 Source: Online purchase