Sunday, November 25, 2018

Wine Review: Suhru Shiraz 2013


Suhru was founded in 2008 by Russell and Susan Hearn. Russell is also the winemaker of Lieb Cellars, whose wines I've have had the pleasure of reviewing many many times and thoroughly enjoy. During his wine career, Russell worked his way around the globe: New Zealand, Burgundy, California, Massachusetts and, in 1990, Virginia. Hearing about the wonderful Chardonnay being made on Long Island, he took the trip there with other winemakers to see what's doin'. And he's been there ever since.

This is the winery that Susan and Russell always dreamed they would have. Suhru's goal is to source excellent fruit from the regions in New York where each variety grows best, creating vibrant, balanced, and approachable wines for all to enjoy.

This is wine #5 of 6 that I'm reviewing by Suhru. I already reviewed the 2017 Pinot Grigio2013 Ember2017 Sauvignon Blanc2016 Dry Riesling and now I'm on to the 2013 Shiraz before I conclude the series with their NV Brut. To see all of them, or the ones that have been published already, just check out the month on the blog.

The 2013 Shiraz pays homage to winemaker Russell Hearn's native country of Australia, and it's made from 100% Syrah/Shiraz from Peconic on the North Fork of Long Island. It was fermented in open top tanks, spent 10-12 days in contact with the grape skins before being pressed, and then transferred to barrels for 6 months of aging in American oak. The final ABV is 13%.

The wine is a dark garnet in color. There's aromas of raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, spearmint, and white pepper. On the palate it's medium bodied with a lush mouthfeel, finely grained tannin, and a perky acidity. There's flavors of raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, vanilla, and spices. Then it finishes dry and crispy with tart raspberry and chocolate.

This is very much done in the Shiraz style of Australia with some pep and brightness rather than a burly and hearty Syrah, and I'm really enjoying it. It's my favorite by Suhru so far!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $23
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)


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