Philip Shaw Character Series The Idiot Shiraz 2008 (6x 750mL), NSW

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The Idiot Shiraz is from 18-year old grafted vines. The vines are cropped low (6-7 tonnes per hectare) requiring some bunch-thinning prior to véraison (when the bunch changes from green to red). The grapes are picked when they have achieved maximum bright fruit character and before any overripe fruit flavour develops.

NSW - Orange
New South Wales

Expert Reviews

Recommended A pleasantly approachable pinot noir which is supple, subtly complex and possessed of enough varietal character. Winewise Jul-09

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep and bright, red and purple.


Intense aromas of fresh cracked pepper and assorted spice notes. These characters give into the bright dark cherry and berry fruits. The fruit is supported by a delicate shot of vanillin oak.


Bright, sweet fruit upfront supported by long fine tannins. Incredibly fresh pepper with persistent length and fruit balanced with fine savoury tannins.

NSW - Orange
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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The purchase of the Koomooloo property in 1989 marked the start of an adventure and a dream realised for Philip Shaw. Much study and planning had gone into finding this site, one that was ideal for making an elegant, bright, intense wines, with its high altitude, cool climate and aspects to the North, South and East. At nearly 900m altitude, Koomooloo is one of the higher planted vineyards in Australia. The vineyard’s soil is an interesting mix of topsoil wind blown from central Australia, reputed to be some of the oldest on the planet, and volcanic red sub soil set over deep limestone. Now 20 years on, Koomooloo has 47 hectares of vines planted, all vertically trained on a single cordon. The vines are hand-pruned, shoot thinned, bunch thinned prior to veriasion to achieve the desired low crops. Fruit is hand picked at relatively low sugar levels but exhibiting bright intense fruit characters with a clearly defined varietal character. Whole bunches travel down a sorting table with 4 people on either side removing green or damaged berries, only clean fruit remains. “A great wine is a marriage between the vineyard and the winemaker. Our wines have strong, bright elegant varietal fruit character aiming for subtle rather than ripe fruit character that ages extremely well.” Philip Shaw.

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