Fowles Wine, Farm to Table Shiraz 2016

Deep ruby with medium rim provides aromas of raspberry and juicy ripe plums followed by a rich and peppery and liquorice palate. For the class, it is a vibrant and youthful wine. Also, the quality fruit is from Victoria and Goulburn! Easy to drink.

Five years of ageing points to some maturity; this wine also carries good fruit. Fermented in sweep-arm stainless steel fermenters at 84°F to maximise mild flavour and colour extraction while preserving primary fruit flavours, this 2016 ages for nine months in a combination of French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels (20% new), hence the sweet and savoury spices with toast tones.

This wine is a food wine with intense mid-palate and length. Fowles winemakers obsess with blending wines to complement food, obviously because owners are food lovers too. Therefore, Fowles has crafted different wines to complement the different types of meat. So, The Ladies who Shoot their Lunch and Are you Game? from the same winery we wrote earlier crafted to complement wild game meat (which is lean and dense). This Farm to Table range

formulated to complement farmed meat (with more fat and a softer texture).

Fowles Wine wins the first Victorian winery to win the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy for Australia's Best Shiraz. For this wine, scores are modest, and descriptions pretty.

89 Points, Wine Enthusiast "Fruity in style, offering a bubbly mix of cherries, raspberries and blueberries in a medium-bodied format. It's softly dusty on the otherwise fresh finish."

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