Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz 2004

Jip Jip Rocks ShirazPrice: $10
Maker: Jip Jip Rocks Winery
Variety: Shiraz
Packaging: bottle, screw cap
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10

We stumbled across Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz 2004, whose origin is the Australia’s Limestone Coast, at a private reception – we haven’t seen it in shops locally yet, although perhaps we’re looking in the wrong places. The brand, in case you are interested, refers to a geologic feature of the same name. Searching the Web, we found some photos of large outcroppings that apparently are the eponymous rocks. The wine is a big, bold Aussie Shiraz. It’s full-bodied, with a nice mix of blackberry, oak, and pepper, with a nice, long finish.

Vineyard information at kysela.com says,

The Bryson family has been involved in agriculture for five generations (150 years in South Australia) and has long recognized the potential of Limestone Coast’s maritime climate to produce premium quality grapes.

In the early 90’s, the family established the Jip Jip Rocks vineyard, in South Australia’s Limestone Coast wine region. They have concentrated on growing premium varieties of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The vineyard consistently produces excellent fruit quality from low yielding vines. Only the best parcels of fruit are carefully selected throughout the vineyard and used in the Jip Jip Rocks label. Great attention is given to detail with the integration of fruit flavors and fine oak barrels helps to produce classic handcrafted wine styles.

Winestate Magazine named it a Top 40 Best Buy, noting

A very lifted, lightly perfumed nose with plenty of spices. Luscious sweet plum/charry oak palate and a long warming alcoholic finish.

Researching the price on this wine shows a lot of variation – from $8 to $15. If you can find it for under ten bucks, grab a bottle or two. You won’t be disappointed.

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