Patrick Estate Shiraz 2005

Wrattonbully just doesn't roll off the tongue does it?  It's very close to Coonawarra, and straddles the South Australian and Victorian border, in that remote part of the world.  I'd be interested to know how it's going as a GI.  Does it sell?  Does it get recognition?  Perhaps the French get this right with their frequent use of hybrid appellation names - something like a "surrounds of Coonawarra" seems somewhat easier for the consumer weighed down with choice.

Anyway, rant aside, what then of Patrick's 2005 shiraz?  It's a wine in two parts - pre and post oxidation.  Pre, the wine had a soft aroma of plums, oaks and spice, and some soft length on the palate, lacking a bit of depth.  Generally ok I thought, but a bit expensive for what you got.  With about an hour in the glass, the wine transformed itself seemingly adding layers of depth to the palate, and presented really quite well.  Definitely a candidate for decanting and not for snap judgement.

In 2015, the wine seems thinnish, with short to medium length, and flavours dominated by coffee, roasted figs and light herbals.  It's certainly pleasant enough, but that without more.

Rating: Acceptable to Good,  Abv: 14%, Price: $26, Website:, Tasted: 2010, 2015


  1. I think Tappanappa will help raise the profile of Wrattonbully as a region. I'm also a big fan of the Wrattonbully Vineyards Tempranillo (a Yalumba label if I'm not mistaken).

    Sounds like there's some good stuff coming out of Wratonbully.


  2. Good points. I'll check out the tempranillo too, as I'm a fan of the Aus versions that I find usually better and more consistent than the Rioja's I've tasted to date.