Royal Phoenix Shiraz 2017
Description: The sun filled Goulburn Valley region produces intense varietal fruit with excellent structure. The Ulupna vineyard is situated on a small, distinctive site with the cooling influence of the Murray River and the alluvial soils, which are steeped in Red Gum and Peppercorn tree relics. As well as reflecting the landscape that it comes from, it is also a reflection of the people who made it. Long time residents in Australia and Europe, the Ulupna team brings European awareness and sensitivities into an Australian context.
Grape Variety & Vineyard: 100% Shiraz from Ulupna’s own vineyard in the Goulburn Valley. Central Victoria
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 15%, TA: 6.27g/L, pH: 3.52
Eye: Medium ruby, with a little purple.
Nose: Herbal notes with red and white cherries, and white plums, leading directly into the palate.
Palate: Charred plum with chocolate, light toast, raspberries, and pepper. Lots of rich, ripe fruit, both cooked and fresh, with a sprinkling of Sichuan peppercorn. Alcohol is hot on the finish, and the tannins only lightly drying.
Food Matches: Will go well with Venison in Dark Chocolate Sauce, or Steak with Blue Vein Cheese, or especially good with Grilled Pork Neck with Spicy Tamarind Sauce. Will also stand on its own.
2012 Fed Square Wine Showcase – Bronze (2009 vintage)
2013 China Sommeliers Wine & Spirits Challenge – Bronze (2010 vintage) 2014 US Ultimate Wine Challenge – 86 Points (2010 vintage)
2014 China Wine and Spirit Awards – Gold (2010 vintage)
2015 Berlin International Wine Competition – Silver (2010 vintage)
2015 Monde Selection – Gold (2009 vintage)
2015 Asia Wine & Spirits Awards – Silver (2009 vintage)
2015 Vic 100 Wine Awards (2009 vintage)
2015 Korea Wine Challenge – Gold (2010 vintage)
2016 Halliday Wine Companion – 88 Points (2010 vintage)
2017 Halliday Wine Companion - 89 points (2009 vintage)
2016 China Wine & Spirit Awards – Gold (2013 vintage)
2017 TEXSOM International Wine Awards - Silver (2015 vintage) 2017 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards - Silver (2016 vintage)
2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards - Bronze, 88 points (2016 vintage) 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition - Silver (2015 vintage) 2017 Cathay Pacific HKIWSC - Silver (2016 vintage - category and food pairing)
2018 Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver, 90 points (2016 vintage) 2018 Syrah du Monde - Gold (2016 vintage)
2018 Ultimate Wine Challenge - 89 points (2016 vintage)
2018 Shanghai International Wine Challenge - Silver (2016 vintage) 2019 Halliday Wine Companion - 89 points (2016 vintage)
2018 San Francisco International Wine Awards - Silver (2009 vintage)