EQUINOX | Shiraz | 2017


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Today we are going to review a wine that has been released recently on the market – a single-varietal syrah wine, a wine that has all the prerequisites to become a local legend – Shiraz 2017 by Equinox. In a world where bolder is better, syrah is the perfect choice, as it is darker and spicier than cabernet sauvignon and contains a high amounts of health-invigorating antioxidants. This shiraz wine has been aged for 24 months in 225L oak barriques prior to bottling. Syrah, also known as Shiraz, can be vinified in two major styles: old-world style and new-world style. The old-world syrah wines tend to have more acidity and earthy-herbaceous aromas, while the new-world shiraz wines are usually fruit-driven with lots of spice and hints of smoke. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results below.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

clarity: clear
concentration: medium
colour: garnet
hue/rim: garnet

stain: medium
viscosity: medium
sediment: none

outset: clean
intensity: powerful
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry
fruit character: overripe

non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | earth
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg | ginger
__oak: liquorice | sweet tobacco | roasted oakwood | smoke
__sweet: caramel | toffee | menthol
__earth: black soil dust
__wood: new / roasted
aroma: primary | secondary

sweetness: dry
acidity: high
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: firm
texture: grippy
body: full
balance: good
__dominant: acidity | alcohol
complexity: complex

fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: overripe
non fruit: spice | oak
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: velvety

EQUINOX | Shiraz | 2017

variety: syrah
climate: moderate
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
rating: 93.0

maturity: on the rise
verdict: great
96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 93.0 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is one of the finest syrah wines produced in Moldova: fruit-forward, expressive and dusty, with a firm tannic grip on the mouthfeel, supported by overwhelming acidity and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through. This is a quite youthfull wine that is still developing in the bottle, one that can definitely age for another 3 or 4 years. We are strongly advocating to drink this wine today in order to enjoy it at its finest, in its full flamboyance, or better yet, get at least 3 or 4 bottles and try one every year in order to enjoy both, the expressivity and richness of the fruit while the wine is still young and compare it to the elegance and grace developed by time spent in the bottle, where secondary and tertiary flavours will take over the fruit and spice, delivering an explosion of amazingly nuanced scents that are virtually impossible to name. This is the power of time.
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