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Hops & Grapes USD 14.98 750ml

Water Wheel Shiraz Blend Bendigo Memsie 2006

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90 points Robert Parker The purple-colored 2006 Memsie Red is composed of 87% Shiraz 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec the wine was aged for 6 to 9 months in used American hogsheads. The aromatics are unusually expressive for a wine in this price category. Aromas of cinnamon allspice plum blueberry and black currant lead to a medium to full-bodied wine with a plush texture ripe sweet fruit and a sense of elegance. This tasty wine will provide pleasure over the next 4-6 years.` 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Saturated purple. Inky blackberry blueberry and candied plum on the nose with a bright peppery quality. Chewy dark fruit flavors are firmed by dusty tannins that carry through the finish. Solidly built in fact almost brawny and strikingly concentrated for this price point.

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Water Wheel Vineyards:
Water Wheel wines are widely available in Australia and are now exported to many other countries. Profile Water Wheel Vineyards is owned by the Cumming family who have farmed in the Bendigo region for fifty years. Ron and Peter Cumming have a strong background in horticulture and place a strong emphasis on vineyard management. At the winery the emphasis is on producing high quality, fruit dr... Read more
Water Wheel wines are widely available in Australia and are now exported to many other countries. Profile Water Wheel Vineyards is owned by the Cumming family who have farmed in the Bendigo region for fifty years. Ron and Peter Cumming have a strong background in horticulture and place a strong emphasis on vineyard management. At the winery the emphasis is on producing high quality, fruit driven wines with strong varietal definition and length on the palate. History The original Water Wheel Vineyard was planted in 1970. In 1989 the Cumming family purchased the winery and surrounding 20 acres of vines. Since then three new vineyards have been planted at Bridgewater - on - Loddon to help enhance the complexity and improve the overall wine quality. Total plantings now exceed 300 acres. Location, Climate and Soil Bendigo Wine Growing Region 150 km. north west of Melbourne. Rainfall 17''(425mm). Whilst it is possible to grow wine grapes with this rainfall we believe that to do so places too much stress on the vines and we therefore irrigate. Vines are hedged trellised, exposing the grapes to the sun to achieve maximum ripeness. Red wine grapes are grown on heavy clay soil and white wine varieties are planted on lighter, better drained soil. Read less

Member Reviews for Water Wheel Shiraz Blend Bendigo Memsie

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Snooth User: kevin7211
3682211
4.00 5
03/21/2008

very intriguing. with 3 varietals of malbec, cab, and shiraz you can't go wrong. Very impressed. I actually drank Memsie with Mexican!


Snooth User: CageyT
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3.00 5
09/14/2010

Slow out of the gate late bloomer. Bland and even a bit salty at first, strangely. But opens up nicely with fruit and richness in time, and redeems itself with cheeses.


Snooth User: rhone65
41556140
3.50 5
08/31/2008

Nice wine. With the mix of shiraz, cabernet and malbec it makes for a nice balance. You can not go wrong with the price.


Snooth User: lajollamom
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2.00 5
07/14/2009

I have to say, I'm not a fan. My husband and I tried 2 bottles from Costco and we tried hard to like it since it gets good ratings. I think we just prefer others.

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  • Snooth User: rhone65
    41556140
    4.00 5
    08/31/2008

    Four glasses


    External Reviews for Water Wheel Shiraz Blend Bendigo Memsie

    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Crisp in texture, with generous, licorice-scented currant fruit that lingers on the open-weave finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2010.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Dark purple in color, with scents of plums and spice. Fruit forward, with blackberry and currant flavors complemented by a hint of sweet oak. Ends with a smooth, persistent finish.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Bright and open-textured, with pretty currant and plum fruit at the core, hinting at coffee and pepper as the finish lingers. Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2010.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    A wine that displays all the rich blackberry fruit, spicy licorice notes and sweet earthiness that make Australia's Bendigo region famous. The intense black cherry aromatics are very impressive and perhaps even a touch floral at first, but the flavors are equally vibrant and provocative. Where it shows its stuff is in the middle palate, where it has outgrown its baby fat and developed substantial richness for such a young wine.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    An absolutely fantastic blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec from Australia. Sweet fruit and lush mouthfeel, with a long, lovely finish. The tannins are almost imperceptible, offering a very smooth, impeccable balance and body. Great value at this price. I highly recommend this wine.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Deep ruby color. Brooding aromas of cherry and dark berries, with notes of licorice and bitter chocolate. Supple tannins add support to the chewy dark fruit flavors and a note of cracked pepper adds bite. Very young, a tad tough and slow to unravel; this needs air or a few months of bottle aging.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Some excellent values emerge from this Victoria winery. The top bargain is the brilliant blend of 86% Shiraz, 9% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Memsie. Aged 6-9 months in old American oak, it exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, a big, sweet perfume of blueberries and blackberries, soft, heady fruit flavors, a touch of wood, and a background earthy, spicy component. Drink this supple, easy-going, delicious red over the next 2-3 years.


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    90 points Robert Parker The purple-colored 2006 Memsie Red is composed of 87% Shiraz 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec the wine was aged for 6 to 9 months in used American hogsheads. The aromatics are unusually expressive for a wine in this price category. Aromas of cinnamon allspice plum blueberry and black currant lead to a medium to full-bodied wine with a plush texture ripe sweet fruit and a sense of elegance. This tasty wine will provide pleasure over the next 4-6 years.` 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Saturated purple. Inky blackberry blueberry and candied plum on the nose with a bright peppery quality. Chewy dark fruit flavors are firmed by dusty tannins that carry through the finish. Solidly built in fact almost brawny and strikingly concentrated for this price point.

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