Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Winecology: Greg Norman Estates - Limestone Coast Shiraz 2002

Kudos to the Shark for assembling his impressive wine empire - Greg Norman Estates. Norman along with winemakers Matt Steels and Andrew Hales have already put together an impressive run since opening up shop in 1998. Their short, noteworthy track record includes no less than 15 Wine Spectator ratings over 86 points. The Shark offers wines ranging in price from $10 up to $50 for his Shiraz Reserve.

The 2002 Limestone Coast Shiraz took me all the way back to the 1996 Masters. Certain defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Wiley, cagey vet, Nick Faldo, on its heals. How could the finish be such a choke!
Oh not really, but what Greg Norman post is complete without a reference to his storied and dramatic loss at Augusta National.

This Aussie Shiraz is sourced from several regions in South Australia including Padthaway, Wrattonbully and the top-notch Coonawarra. It had rich garnet color with a hint of pink at the edge. Aromas were very faint at first, but presented barnyard and pepper after opening up. Full bodied, velvety with fruity dark strawberry and cranberry flavors that dominate initially. Pepper and smoke add interest and complexity. A slightly astringent mid-palette with noticeable alcohol disappoint. Medium finish. A quaffer that will pair well with many foods.

Rating - 7.5 out of 10
Price - $13