Whenever I travel, I love to pop into any wine shop that I encounter. Walking back to our car after a lovely dinner in Cambridge MA, I spotted a wine shop and wanted to check it out [Admittedly I had already loaded up on bottles at Central Bottle Wine + Provisions earlier in the day.] It turned out to be one of those infuriating shops that you know is overpriced by $3-5 on each bottle, with under 10% of their inventory falling under the $15 mark. I managed to pick up an $11 2009 Bordeaux that I’m enthusiastic to give a pour to, and The Wishing Tree Shiraz 2008, only because the shop employee said it was quite delicious. John Larchet established world Wine HeadQuarters as a means to discover and present wines from both New and Old World estates. It is an extension of the family owned The Australian Premium Wine Collection that he established nearly 15 years ago. He seeks out distinctive wines from only two or three estates in each country with a focus on wines “that are born with a natural sense of balance and harmony”. The grapes for the Wishing Well Shiraz were sourced from properties north and south of the Township of Margaret River in Western Australia.
Dark garnet in colour with aromas of blackberry and chocolate. Astringent tannins in the medium body joined cherry, cranberry and red currant flavours, whilst spicy black peppercorn and smooth chocolate comprised the moderate finish. Simple but pleasant, this is a likable, everyday glass for the table.
Shiraz [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Produced and Bottled by World Wine HeadQuarters
Enjoy now thru 2014
Rated 89 points by the Wine Advocate
Rated 87 points by Wine Spectator