Winegent, I think you're a bit confused. This wine is not a white, it's a Shiraz (technically 98% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon). It has a distinctly smoky nose; on the palate, it tastes much like a smokehouse; bacon, smoke, and salt. As a matter of fact, the saltiness of this wine is quite (unpleasantly) predominant, which can be common in Aussie wines, particlarly from the Padthaway region (Padthaway is know for its salty groundwater). The well-concealed tannins give it necessary structure without being overbearing, yet I can't get past the saltiness.
Inky red. Pencil lead and black rapberry nose. Creamy dark fruit. Not jammy. A little peppery. Medium+ tannins, acidic. Smooth. Simple.
Although this is a blend of grapes, it is not the typical white melange that you find in many white meritage. Most tend to be a bit sweet, reflecting the Viogner and Marsanne in the blend. This wine is 40% Clairette, 40% Bourbulenc, 10% White Grenache and 10% Roussanne which yields a nicely balanced, dry white. Although there is certainly residual sweetness....it is not at all cloying. The acidity is a perfect foil to the sweetness.....beautifully balanced. The wine is pale and straw colored. When poured it is a bit unctuous and really clings to the bowl of the glass. The nose is all honey and white flowers...very pretty and delicate. It almost tastes un-oaked....nice fruit, great balance and no bitterness from tannins. This one did not last long at our table. This wine does have great structure, and seems like it would develop in the bottle for a few years if you can keep yourself from drinking it. It will certainly be worth the effort to find it as an addition to your cellar.
Great wine. Not too pricey.
External Reviews for Dead Letter Shiraz
The 2005 Dead Letter Office is composed of 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged in 95% American and 5% French oak, 15% new. Purple-colored, it exhibits a smoky nose with notes of scorched earth, pencil lead, ga... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2005 Henry's Drive Shiraz Dead Letter Office 750ml