Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock 2008

As HH always has his difficulty joining our late-night wine sessions, we were all surprised when he turned up at Alan's place for our TGIF session couple of weeks ago. Not only did he show up, he showed up with the best wine that I enjoyed the most that night - Jasper Hill Emily Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc blend 2008.

Vintage:  2008
Producer:  Jasper Hill Vineyard
Varietal: Shiraz Cabernet Franc
Designation: Emily's Paddock
Country: Australia
Region: Victoria
Sub-Region: Heathcote
Type: Red Wine

Cabernet Franc – Shiraz is not very common but it is a highly-regarded red wine blend that is only produced in a handful of New World wine producing countries. The union is a variation of the Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz blend that is very popular in Australia. Cabernet Franc and Shiraz blends tend to lean towards the inky Shiraz than the lighter, more perfumed, Cabernet Franc.

In Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock, Shiraz is the dominant variety, with Cabernet Franc augmenting the aromatics and adding complexity. The Shiraz provides the body structure of the wine and offers a bright fruit spectrum of blueberry, while the addition of Cabernet Franc gives the wine an elegantly perfumed, sometimes minty, nose. These wines are built to age for over a decade.

This wine was given 95 points by Robert Parker.

Extracted from Wine Advocate (#189, June 2010):

Emily’s Paddock Shiraz and Cabernet Franc comes from the smallest vineyard on the estate with nothing else planted on it but the grapes for this wine. 3% Cabernet Franc is co-planted with the Shiraz and also co-harvested and co-fermented. The style here is tighter, structured, somewhat backward and yet lends an enticing earthy / savory complexity. The 2008 Emily’s Paddock Shiraz and Cabernet Franc possesses a medium-deep garnet color and earthy, mineral aromas with some iron ore, loam, fresh blackberry, a touch of black olive and violets all coming through on the nose. Fine firm tannins and crisp acidity give taut structure to this full-bodied, almost old-world style wine. The finish is very long but restrained developmentally. Give this wine another year or two in bottle and enjoy drinking it to 2022+.

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