Lucky's Syrah/Pinot 2016
Hunter Valley - Australia
The wine's story
Stop by at Lucky’s Winery in Hunter Valley and have a chat with the winemakers there: you’ll come away with not only a case of superb wine, but also a head full of philosophical ideas and quasi-mysticism you might not have expected from a trip down to a cellar door. Why? Because Lucky’s is a winery which believes in balance, the harmony of nature, the yin and yang in all things. If this sounds a bit strange, it shouldn’t. After all, truly great wine has always had balance at its very heart; The balance between acid and alcohol, between tannin and fruit, between strength and subtlety, approachability and refinement. What’s more, Lucky’s unique approach to winemaking is all about bringing together blends of high quality Hunter Valley grapes, and allowing them to sing together in the bottle and bring out the best in each other’s characteristics. If that isn’t magical, then we don’t know what is!
Shiraz and Pinot Noir grapes are grown in some of Hunter Valley’s finest terroirs, where sunshine meets brisk breezes, perfect for allowing those gorgeous berries to reach a superb level of ripeness. As seems to be now be standard in this part of Australia (thankfully), chemical intervention is as minimal as can be, and a whole host of traditional and natural methods are engaged to ensure nothing really gets in the way of the fruit doing its thing in the bottle. The results are massively impressive: Lucky’s wines are exactly the kind of thing you’d love to share with your mates on a sunny afternoon, and walk that careful line between the highly drinkable and the complex, giving you plenty to ponder as you drain yet another glass. This is wine which wears its eccentricity on its sleeve, achieves all of its aims, and tastes absolutely delicious while doing so. Here’s to universal balance… now, pour us another one! Stop by at Lucky’s Winery in Hunter Valley and have a chat with the winemakers there: you’ll come away with not only a case of superb wine, but also a head full of philosophical ideas and quasi-mys... read more
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's historic wine regions, but often is overlooked by wine professionals, who cite a lack of innovation and excitement in the area.
Great then to see this delicious and easy-drinking blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah, which was actually a fairly traditional blend in the Hunter Valley back in the day, and is now being revived by open-minded winemakers.
It balances the power of Syrah and the finesse of Pinot Noir. It perfectly highlights the areas supple Shiraz with fine, silky tannins and adds lifted aromatics and fresh acidity from the Pinot Noir for a beautifully balanced wine.
Fresh and dried plum, raspberry and black cherries are the main fruit notes, mixed with a hint of black pepper and cinnamon. The wine is medium bodied with fine, supple tannins and a real jolt of fresh acidity. Drinks really well, and could take a light chill when the weather warms up. The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's historic wine regions, but often is overlooked by wine professionals, who cite a lack of innovation and excitement in the area.
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This wine from Lucky brings together two of our all-time favourite food pairing wines: Shiraz and Pinot. The result is utterly spectacular, and it’s a wine which is going to go incredibly well with a massive range of savoury dishes. For best results, try it with rustic lamb dishes, or spicy oriental duck (just make sure it’s served on the rare side). We’d also love to neck this wine next to anything bursting with the forest-floor flavours of wild mushrooms, grilled aubergine, or lentils. However, with that flavour profile and balance, it’s hard to imagine a red meat or nicely spiced dish this wine wouldn’t taste fantastic alongside. It’s a real crowd-pleaser!
Click here for a recipe. This wine from Lucky brings together two of our all-time favourite food pairing wines: Shiraz and Pinot. The result is utterly spectacular, and it’s a wine which is going to go incredibly well with... read more
Cellar Period: 1-3 years - This wine is drinking fantastically now!
Alcohol Level: 13.00%