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Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz

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Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz

The Idiot Shiraz from Orange, New South Wales is quite unique in style compared to most other regions in Australia and is more reminiscent of the Northern Rhone, France. Our Idiot Shiraz is a young wine that has a lovely colour – deep red with some purple hues. The aroma is spicy, lifted and i... Read More

Quick Facts

  • Country: Australia
  • Region: New South Wales
  • Sub Region: Orange
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Bottle Volume: 75cl
  • Grape Variety: Shiraz
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Wine Style: Soft Fruity Red
  • Taste: Medium Bodied
  • Food Match: Lamb, beef & game

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The Idiot Shiraz from Orange, New South Wales is quite unique in style compared to most other regions in Australia and is more reminiscent of the Northern Rhone, France. Our Idiot Shiraz is a young wine that has a lovely colour – deep red with some purple hues. The aroma is spicy, lifted and intense. There is an appealing liquorice character to the intense fruit aromas. Bright full fruit flavours in a medium-bodied package; classic cool area shiraz – some spice integrated with red fruits; lovely soft tannins and finish.

Shiraz grapes are planted on blocks 1,3, and 5 of the Koomooloo vineyard with a mixture of four different clones across the blocks. During the growing season, the vines are hand pruned to thin the fruit and maintain concentration. The grapes are harvested in the morning and taken to the winery where it is destemmed, and carefully transferred to a mixture of open and closed fermenters, the mix assisting is creating the complexity of the wine. Fermentation is completed in 18 to 20 days and then pressed into older French oak barrels to mature.

Philip Shaw and Koomooloo Vineyard

Philip Shaw bought Koomooloo in the Orange region in June 1988. He was attracted by the balanced environment that the location could offer - undulating countryside on the side of extinct volcano Mt Conobolas, with a balance of elevation and suchine that created excellent growing conditions for grapevines. Over the next 20 years Philip developed Koomooloo into a vineyard of 47 hectares, peaking at an altitude of 900m providing it cool growing conditions, and making it one of the highest vineyards in Australia. Annual rainful is typically 850mm, with the grapes ripening in the dry months of February to April. The soil structure is limestone and volcanic-rock soils as a base, with the topsoil consisting of fine red loess blown form Central Australia on the wind.

The vineyard is hand maintained with minimal automation, with routine hand pruning of the vines, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, crop thinning, and hand picking. Philip has found a location that suits his wine style and maxmises the oppportunity to produce uniqe and stylish wines.

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