Guest Blog by Ray Perchaluk , Wine Consultant, Ray Perchaluk Associates
On June 11/14 I did a vertical tasting of the Austin Hope wines 2011, 2005 and the 2001.
The Austin Hope Syrah 2011is made of 4 clonal variations of 100% syrah (clonal variations of 470, 383, Caldwell and Alban: Auston Hope Website). Craftsmen like blending to make a unique wine was used. This wine has a colour of a blackish purple red. A nose of mixed black fruits such as black currants, hints of black raspberries, notes of ripe plum skins. I also got a touch of vanillas, mint and my favorite, mixed black licorice and polish.
Palate echoes nose with excellent plump mouth feel. 15% alcohol is nicely integrated. Long finish. You could still age this wine, but I would decant and drink it now. This wine is exciting and rates a Wow, buy 4 cases. Pairs perfectly with red meats, beef, spiced white meats, and game such as Buffalo, Venison, Muskox, etc. My favourite is just plain sipping. No food. It’s that good.
The Austin Hope Syrah 2005 is a blackish/purple/ ruby red. Its meniscus is pink, with some amber flecks. The nose is spice box, black plums, black berries, amber, sandalwood hints with licorice tones. Full bodied with pronounced palate of the above aromas. Long finish with a bit of tannic edge. Excellent. Consider 1 case. It did score, 90 by a famous wine writer.
The Austin Hope Syrah 2001 is a 90% opaque ruby red. It has a thick meniscus of pink and fine amber. A nose of black fruits and berries, spice hints. pomegranate, grass and green tea. Full bodied. Very Good to Excellent. Consider 1/2 a case. Note:All the Austin Hope Syrah wines are 100 % Syrah. The craft, the magic besides science and taste make the Wine Maker’s role beyond an actual dollar value. These wines if still available are distributed by www.trialto.com. ©