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Saracen Estate has built a solid following, locally and around the globe, and the recently released 2001 shiraz adds to the reputation, as David Pike reports.

ALWAYS good for a quote, John Jens announced at the recent launch of Saracen Estate’s Margaret River 2001 Shiraz that: “There is an inordinate amount of wine being produced in Western Australia and much of it is quite indifferent”.

He added that, in order to produce a wine product that is worth people sitting down to drink, you simply need four ingredients. Firstly, you need the right winemaker; secondly, you need access to the right grapes; thirdly, you need the right marketing team; and lastly, you need the right accounting department backing you up.

Saracen has blended these ingredients and will become a serious player in the Margaret River area.

Saracen Estates hasn’t just popped up overnight.

Elio Cazzolli and Luke Saraceni have slowly been building this brand over the past four years. At the Margaret River 2001 Shiraz launch Mr Saraceni said that both he and Mr Cazzolli believed they now had all the right ingredients to further enhance the branding of Saracen Estate.

“Within the not-too-distant future you will see a bronzed horse statue proudly displayed along Caves Road, announcing that cellar door facilities have arrived,” he said.

Quietly building this brand over recent years and establishing markets in Germany, the UK, Italy and throughout Asia, Saracen produced 18,000 cases of wine with its 2001 vintage.

This is serious volume for this family owned and operated company.

Last year the Saracen team contracted the services of Bill Crappsley to oversee the winemaking of all Saracen Estate wines. Mr Crappsley’s experience is a welcome addition to this team, and his influence has made an immediate impact on the quality of the wines coming out of this stable.

With much of the fruit for the wines being sourced from a property called Margaret River Vineyards Estate – established by the Palmers during the late 1980s and with an average vine age of 15 years – Saracen is benefiting from the advantages these older vines bring.

Mr Crappsley suggested the wines would continue to develop over the next few years, although it would take a little time to tweak the wines after any necessary changes within the vineyards and winery were made.

Sacaren Estate Margaret River 2001 Shiraz rrp $23.00 rating 16.50/20

Plenty of fragrant spice with complementing aromas of mulberry and brambles. A touch of pastel blackcurrants and black cherries really entice.

Screaming ‘drink me now’, this shiraz has plenty to offer already but you will still find something even more appealing in a year or two, even though it isn’t built for the long haul. The palate is soft and seductive with a mixture of mulberry and damson fruit.

Evidence of attractive dusty tannins together with a touch of spice and hint of blackcurrant pastels flow across the finish of this wine, which has immediate appeal.

A prefect match for your favourite bowl of pasta.





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