AmiettaShiraz.JPG Fast Facts:
Variety: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Region: Geelong
Country: Australia
Winemaker: Nicholas Clark & Janet Cockbill
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 13.0%
Cost: $30AUD
Source: Winery Sample
Winery Website: Amietta Vineyard and Winery

Angels’ Share is a blend of 60% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc that demonstrates the correct use of an apostrophe where another un-named winery has failed (although I should personally keep in mind the old saying about stones, glass houses and the wisdom imparted that those that live in such houses should refrain from flinging the mentioned object).

Tasted from Riedel ‘O’ Shiraz (414/30) glassware.

Tasting Note: A deep crimson colour. The nose is fairly tightly coiled upon opening with some spearmint, deep set blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry, traces of echinacea and mocha. It has a medium bodied, smooth and balanced palate with plenty of upfront sweet berry fruit as well as having a medium length finish.

After three hours of being given time to breath it is really starting to show what it has to offer with the nose opening up and ramping up in intensity with blackcurrant and blackberry coming to the fore without any sense of under or over ripe characters.

When to Drink: It is drinking well now, but given time it will take on additional complexity and interest. 2008 – 2014

Verdict: A classy, balanced wine that surprised me a little bit with its level of quality. 91 points.

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