Wise Wine Review:
Score = 7.8/10 Points
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Australians are notorious for incorporating meanings of words unfamiliar to other English speakers. A prime example of such is the �Ripper�. While this word typically invokes negative connotations of death or destruction, Aussies use it as a term of endearment. To be the �ripper� is to be excellent.

Whether or not you understand their vocabulary, we all agree that Australians make great wine. This is especially true when it comes to Shiraz. A great example of which is the full bodied �down under� Shiraz from Hope Estate that you won�t be able to put down.

The 'Ripper' Shiraz is born at Hope Estate's 28 hectare vineyard at the Donnybrook region of Western Australia. With its medium clay, deep free draining soil, Donnybrook presents an ideal climate for growing grapes. Stockpiled by the rains in the winter, the relatively dry, warm sunny days and mild nights through summer grow full bodied grapes. The harvest of these grapes runs from mid March through mid April.

After the grapes are plucked and crushed on the west coast, they are transported by truck across the Nullabor Plains to the Hunter Valley. Over the course of this three day road trip the must is chilled, arriving with �amazing color and tannin extraction.� They are then fermented and bottled at their new home on the east coast.

Recommended Food Pairing:
I personally tasted this wine with a two inch thick, grilled ribeye steak. Garlic potato wedges and grilled asparagus sat beside this mammoth steak and complemented the rich, tangy properties of the wine and steak perfectly.

Hope Estate recommends that "this full bodied shiraz will complement a big steak or rich lamb dish. Serve Room temperature � 14 to 16�C, or slightly chilled. Drink now or leave to develop for up to 5 years.�

Vintage Info:
"'The Ripper' is a wine that I�m immensely proud of. The extended cold
maceration can be seen in the vibrant colour and tannin structure of the wine.
While exhibiting the classic Aussie shiraz plum and spice characters there is a
deep elegance to the wine from the West Australian climate. Truly a Ripper!"

Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Shiraz
Appellation: Donnybrook, Western Australia
Sugar: 4.1g/L
Total Acid: 6.9g/L
pH: N/A
Aging: 12-15 months 50% French oak and 50% American oak
Alcohol %: 14

Wine Whore Score:

With its plush bouquet and spicy bite, this low cost, great tasting wine earns its name �The Ripper�. Enjoyable and inexpensive this Shiraz comes in with a total of 31/40 points and an average score of 7.8/10. For less than $13, Hope Estate Shiraz is an awesome Aussie example of what it means to be the �ripper�.

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Shelly said...

Ahhh. Nothing better than a great glass of wine with a good steak. Hope you enjoyed it!

The Wine Whore said...

Agreed! It was most excellent! :)

Joe (joeshico) said...

Hi Randy,
Great post. As you know, I just started enjoying Australian wines. I'll be sure to give Hope Estates "Ripper" a try.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for the positive feedback Joe! This one is definitely a "Ripper" :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the update- I am going to try this one!

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