Woodstock Pilot’s View Shiraz 2012

Woodstock Pilot's View Shiraz 2012If you’ve ever wondered what virtues American Oak can bring to Shiraz, I’d suggest looking no further than the Woodstock Pilot’s View Shiraz 2012.

In its typically McLaren Vale way, the deeply crimson Shiraz is luscious, ripe and voluptuous across the palate yet shackled at the back by the muscular vanilla and coconut American Oak tannins that drive a long, yet sweet and spicy conclusion.

I suspect that the French might consider the style to be bold and lacking in grace but to my palate, the sweet oakiness and the chocolate and vanilla vibrance, makes for a berry-licious marriage of viticulture and cooperage.  With great natural acidity and solid tannins, the Pilot’s View will undoubtedly stand the test of time in any cellar.

It’s only available at the cellar door or on premise, but at around $38, it’s one of the best investments I’ll make this year!

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