SixFootSix Shiraz 2006, Austins Wines, Geelong
Armit Tasting Note
Intermingling scents of blackberries, chocolate, coffee, licorice and pepper on the nose. The palate is filled with juicy blackberries with spice, more chocolate, coffee and licorice flavours and a...Read More
Notes & Scores
Armit Tasting Note
Intermingling scents of blackberries, chocolate, coffee, licorice and pepper on the nose. The palate is filled with juicy blackberries with spice, more chocolate, coffee and licorice flavours and a gentle suggestion of oak. Medium-bodied and quite restrained, this Shiraz reflects the style of the cool climate Geelong region in which the grapes are grown. Supple and delicious.
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Austins vineyards and winery sit in the Moorabool Valley, north west of Geelong and an hour's drive south west from Melbourne. Richard Austin established the winery in 1982 with his wife Pam when he planted 5 acres of Pinot vines with the aim of producing the finest Burgundian-style Pinot at an affordable price. Today there are 90 acres of land given over to Pinot vines, which is potentially the second largest family holding of the variety in Australia. In addition to Pinot, the area is also ideally suited to the production of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Shiraz. The cool climate conditions, the rolling slopes of the Moorabool Valley, perfect terroir and the skill of winemaker Scott Ireland all combine to produce an excellent range of wines.
In the 1800s, not long after the establishment of the colony, Geelong was a successful regional centre. An influx of Swiss settlers planted vines and the area became one of the largest grape producing regions in Australia. The end of the century saw the introduction of phylloxera however and the industry and local livelihood was decimated. It was not until the mid 20th century with a number of committed, dedicated growers investing in the future that fortunes were revived and the area started to be recognised once again as a premium wine producing region.