Upton Run Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008 Strathbogie Ranges $80.00

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Not widely available I have been lucky in my wine drinking life to have tucked away the odd bottle of wine, that when opened brings nothing but joy and a smile that wont go away for days.

This was such a wine The 2008 Upton Run Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz from The Strathbogie Ranges. Once again I state The Strathbogie Ranges is one of our under rated wine regions.

Top end Shiraz in Australia is equal to any in the world and this Shiraz is no exception and at $80.00 is a true bargain. In the glass the wine is a deep warm garnet red with the inviting nose of oak, I personally still enjoy a little oak in my reds.

This wine has dark fruit, soft dusty tannins wrapped around plums all tumble dried with wonderful new oak that clears the nostrils and and soothes the throat with layers spice. Do your self a real favour and give this wine an extended decant.

The real deal open it at breakfast and drink it with dinner that night, yes decant for 6 or more hours will make all difference in the world. The resulting wine will be soft dry, Layered, complex with soft grainy tannins and dusty aromatic spice with the hint of violets and black berries. Truly a Stunning wine at almost eight years of age .

This will evolve and grow for eight more with ease. This wine demanded a 600gm Rib Eye and that’s just what it got, on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes with a crusty bread stick and the worlds best richest French butter I have ever tried.

MAX at WINEREVIEWS

Life is to bloody short to drink crap anything. Unfortunately we don’t always have the money to drink the good stuff. That’s why we have credit cards!