As the name implies, a blend from Georgia’s Paddock fruit and vigneron friends’ fruit. After the restoration of bushfire ravaged Georgia’s Paddock, the vines produced some fruit in the 1988 vintage. Even though about twenty percent of the vines were killed and the balance traumatised, the Georgia’s Paddock crop was superb in quality but insufficient in volume. It was supplemented with a thirty percent addition of Central Victorian Shiraz fruit from Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon (Passing Clouds, Kingower) and Paul Osicka (Osicka’s Vineyards, Graytown) to produce “Georgia & Friends Shiraz” A successful follow-on to the 1987 “Friends Shiraz,” this intense wine shows great depth of complex berry-like flavours and matching up-lifted aromas, with balancing acid and soft American oak tannins. Whilst delicious now, it will amply repay a few years’ bottle maturation. It has sufficient flavour to complement any full-flavoured dish.
Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW - August 2007
Medium deep colour. Fresh mint/ plum/ wet stone aromas. The palate is well concentrated with mint. dark cherry/ leather flavours and sinewy dry but long tannins. Builds up chalky dry. Quite muscular with acid poking out. Will hold but wont get better. Drink up - Now. 79 points.
Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW - 8th August 2017
Medium deep crimson. Soupy developed mocha, dark fruits with roasted espresso notes. Very well balanced wine with deep set dark berry mocha flavours, chocolaty dense tannins and underlying spicy notes. Finishes chocolaty firm, long and sweet. Impressive youthful swagger beneath its aging frame. 13% Alc 93 points Now – 2025
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