A Good Drop – Seville Hill No. 8 Shiraz
What was once a small apple and cherry orchard near Seville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley is now Seville Hill Estate; a six-hectare vineyard producing low volumes of high-quality pinot gris, chardonnay, cabernet and shiraz grapes.
Agriculturalists John and Josie D’Alosio removed the fruit trees and planted cabernet sauvignon vines in 1991, then expanded their range to include graftings of Italian styles such as Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese and Tempranillo in 2011.
And while their cabernet is excellent, I reckon their 2012 No 8 Shiraz is the standout from the stable. It’s a perfect compromise between structure and power as the upfront black cherry and mocha characters robustly drive their way through a mouth-filling mid-palate, before pepper and subtle spices meet French oak and subdued tannins at the finish.
There’s enough natural acidity to suggest that despite its current drinkability, it will only improve over the next decade or so – not that I can see it laying in my cellar racks for that long!
At $60 a bottle it’s not a quaffer, but undoubtedly one of the best Shiraz from the region that I have ever had.