Sherrah might just be the best winery you’ve never heard of: an up-and-coming producer that’s hit the ground running with a collection of wines that bear all the hallmarks of a winemaker whose expertise has been carefully honed over many vintages. Which, as it happens, is exactly what we have here.
Sherrah wines may be new on the scene but Alex Sherrah brings a wealth of experience earned here in Australia and in some of the great wine regions of the world. After stints at South Australian luminaries Tatachilla and O’Leary Walker, Alex took his thirst for knowledge overseas to, amongst others, the Napa Valley and Burgundy. That experience helped him land the gig of Chief Winemaker at Coriole Vineyards in McLaren Vale, one of the region’s most important producers and one that has had a major influence on his winemaking philosophy.
Coriole is a pioneer of Italian varieties in Australia, planting grapes such as Sangiovese and Nero D’Avola long before others saw their potential to thrive in our warmer regions. Alex Sherrah carries this forward-looking attitude into his new eponymous label. His wines express much of what is great about Australian wine today: a focus on freshness and balance over power and weight, experimentation coupled with a respect for tradition and, above all, pure and effortless drinkability.
Take the Sherrah Grenache Shiraz Nero d’Avola 2017: Andrew Graham describes it in the OZ Wine Review as a “bright and energetic McLaren Vale red” with Grenache the star player, a “light and easy drink of cranberry and currant fruit that gets more bitter as you go along” with “deceptively more layers than you’d first think.”
Nero D’Avola also features as a straight varietal red, which gets Mike Bennie’s seal of approval. Reviewing it for The Wine Front he sees “A wash of frisky, cranberrylike fruit flavours, a touch of amaro, a dash of pepper in the lively finish. Sweet then gently pleasing bitter. Such fun stuff.” and concludes simply “Drink with gusto.”
Finally comes a modern rendition of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Forget big blockbuster fruit and oak bombs and get ready for something altogether more nuanced. QWine Reviews calls it “A really enjoyable wine to kick back and sip without a worry in the world”, revelling in its boysenberry and plum fruit, earth and spice, and declaring it “The type of wine you’d take to a gathering of friends and be proud to share”, which is, after all, what wine is all about.
"Rustic appeal here. It's almost as though it's got the scruffed hair but clean pressed shirt look going on. Boysenberry and plum line up side by side. A kick of earth is met by smokey feels with a soft touch of tannin helping it along the way. Baking spices chime it at the death too lingering long - nice touch that. It's a damn easy slurp, that's for sure. The type of wine you'd take to a gathering of friends and be proud to share - and you'll win a few more friends for your trouble. Great stuff!" QWine Reviews
Item Code: ITM15581
"A wash of frisky, cranberrylike fruit flavours, a touch of amaro, a dash of pepper in the lively finish. Sweet then gently pleasing bitter. Such fun stuff. Drink with gusto." Mike Bennie
Item Code: ITM15293
"A GSM without the lusty earthiness and more dark fruit. Ta ta Mourvedre and hello Nero! The addition of Nero d'Avola rather than Mourvedre has worked a treat (60/24/16). Raspberries and strawberries with dashes of balsamic. Shiraz the backbone plus a dash of peppery spice. A touch twiggy and savoury too, the Nero smooths and rounds off the finish - soft and stealth like screaming for big pours with friends sharing stories. What a find!" QWine Reviews
Item Code: ITM15346