Staff Selections • Drew Fuller

Seasonal Pick 2023

Thomas Goss Shiraz

(McLaren Vale, Australia   )

Surdyk's Price

When I first joined the wine industry in 2000, Australian wines were all the rage, with wines of many different styles that reflected the diverse growing conditions found in a continent the size of the United States.  Australia’s vineyard farmers planted too many acres of vines and experienced multiple bumper crops in successive vintages, which led to a glut of unsold wine.  The focus on cheap bulk wine with colorfully labeled bottles proved to be a disaster for their reputation, profitability, and led to plummeting sales.  The good news is that Australia still makes beautiful wines that are varied in style and location, and I recently tasted Thomas Goss Shiraz from McLaren Vale in South Australia and felt compelled to share this gem with our Surdyk’s customers. Thomas Goss emigrated to South Australia from England in 1849 and became a notable land holder and farmer.  The winery and vineyards are certified sustainable, vegan friendly, and the winemaker Alexia Roberts is one of the leading female winemakers in Australia.  The wine is rich in flavors of dark red and blue fruits, chocolate, anise, and warm baking spices with notes of vanilla.  The impression is initially rich and bold, yet remains bright, lively, and focused without any heaviness.  Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with silky tannins and a long persistent finish that will pair wonderfully with beef, lamb, and venison.  Share this beautiful red with your family and friends and discover why Australian wines should be a regular part of your wine journey! Cheers mate!