2005 George Wyndham Shiraz, Founder’s Reserve, South Australia

George Wyndham became the father of Australian Shiraz when he planted the country’s first commercial Shiraz vineyard in 1830. Thirty years later, he began expanding production to 11,000 gallons of wine per year while continuing to increase vineyard plantings. Although he passed in 1870, Shiraz remains the signature variety for this winery, and the birthplace of Australian Shiraz.

Today, the winery follows a sustainability path from the earliest days of Mr. Wyndham’s arrival and their winemaking philosophy is to create wines that are rich, robust and full of flavor, which is evident in the 2005 Shiraz. Upon first pour, you’ll know its inky color will prove to be rich and full-bodied.

Wyndham Estate

The 2005 George Wyndham Shiraz has a pleasant aromatic nose of spice, pepper and dark cherry. Blackberry and chocolate flavors are at the core with soft, fully integrated tannins, which lead to a long, smooth orchestral crescendo. This wine probably has another good year of cellaring so if you have a bottle, lucky you! If you don’t, buy two bottles—drink one now and cellar the other for a year.

Rating: Very Excellent (91) | $18 | 13.5% ABV

Wyndham Shiraz