2017 Forest Hill Shiraz

2017 Forest Hill Shiraz

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96 Points - Ray JordanBest Red Wine of 2018, Top 100 Wines Under $40 'In the last few years Forest Hill's Guy Lyons has been taking these wines in a new direction. While the previous wines were very good, they generally were made with longer-term cellaring in mind. Their structure made them quite formidable as youngsters. The new Forest Hills style is more approachable in its early years, and this remarkable shiraz is a perfect illustration of that. The striking feature immediately is the scented, seductive aromas with their spicy, white pepper characters. These are not indicators of being under- ripe, but rather a very good example of cool-climate shiraz. It's more medium-bodied and so bright and vibrant. The tannins and understated French oak play pivotal roles in supporting the fruit through to a long, pure finish.'
95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionHand-picked, destemmed, open-fermented with a mix of whole berries plus a 100% whole bunch vessel (5% of the total), pressed to French oak (less than 15% new). All the focus is on the very intense black fruits on the long, medium to full-bodied palate, extended finish/aftertaste.

Tech stuff

Shiraz
Forest Hill Vineyard
Mount Barker
2017
750ml
14%
Cellar to 2025
Cork

Light

Full

How was it made?

Twenty-seventeen was a fantastic vintage for shiraz in the Great Southern in our opinion, as it was a long growing season and relatively mild so the fruit had plenty of time on the vine. It really shows the potential for cooler climate shiraz and that's really exciting for the region. The wines have core of fruit weight and depth but with lifted aromatics and medium body

Who made it?

Forest Hill holds a firm place in Western Australian wine industry history as it is the oldest cool climate vineyard in the Great Southern region. This family owned winery was founded in 1965 by Tony and Betty Pearse when the vineyard was planted with Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Forest Hill passed through the hands of the late Robert Holmes a Court before ending up with its current owners, the Lyons family. Today, the 95 hectares of vineyards are planted to varietals such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All wines are made from estate grown fruit by winemaker Liam Carmody, who has been with Forest Hill since 2008. The goal is to produce wines with correct varietal definition whilst expressing the distinct regional character of the Great Southern region.

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