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Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz 2001

Clarendon Hills is a small family run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company, founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. It all began when the biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he’d never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palette and scientific knowledge. Following his favourite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.

Every year, the Astralis vineyard produces the most beautiful wine in our cellar. Despite its non-differentiated treatment in the cellar, it always reveals the most rounded, sublime and seamless expression of syrah which ages like a rock.

This is Clarendon Hills’ flagship wine. It is a member of Clarendon Hills’ ‘ 1er Grand Cru’ classification.

The vast wealth of this wine’s varietal depth extends beyond the parameters of syrah - beckoning superlatives. Amazingly svelte in its balance of varietal depth with restrained power and super finely integrated extract, it is light on its feet and majestic once in focus. Overriding harmony meets an anarchical expression of Australian classic syrah. Lifted florals dance with rich meats, coffee, cola, chocolate, pan forte, turkish delight, graphite, bitumen, cigar tobacco, black cardamom, good quality soy sauce and crushed rocks. It is dense, yet creamy smooth.

This is a wine that is always the most beautiful in our cellar. We recommend it is always decanted. Only the patient will recoup the full dividend of cellaring this masterpiece. 

The 2001 Syrah Astralis Vineyard may be just as compelling as the 2002. Tighter because of being in the bottle, it is an extraordinary effort that offers the essence of graphite, blackberry liqueur, espresso, and acacia flowers, all combining into an olfactory smorgasbord for the senses. Sensationally concentrated, with sweet tannin, but neither weighty nor over the top as might be expected for a wine of such extreme richness, it is an extraordinarily well-delineated Syrah that should hit its prime in 10-12 years, and last for 30-40. Hail Caesar ... I mean Roman! Score: 99 Points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #148, August 2003
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Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz 2010

The vast wealth of this wine’s varietal depth extends beyond the parameters of syrah - beckoning superlatives. At once majestic and ethereal, lifted florals dance with the deep, dark allure of roasted meats, boysenberry, coffee, panforte, graphite, black cardamom, tobacco and Asiatic spice. Striking crushed rock minerality, flecked with contrasting elements deep within. Magnificently svelte and complex with fine chalky tannin structure and elegant concentration of delivery. Now in the first bloom of youth, the intensity lingers in what becomes an intellectual pursuit of how this wine will develop over many years. 14% alcohol; James Halliday

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length. Extraordinary wine. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2030+. Rating: 100 Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Clarendon Hills Brookman Shiraz 2010

This vineyard was planted in 1965 in rich, chocolate-brown clay soils. It produces cabernet, merlot and syrah varieties which all exhibit sweet, chocolate, earthy characteristics.

Part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand Cru’ classification. Offers a highly elevated perfume of barbequed pork, cardamom, chesterfield couch leather, passionfruit flowers and sweet earth. The palate cascades concentric layers of round, bespoke extract that leaves a powerful finish begging for a cool cellar and a time machine set for 15 years.

Dense, inky purple-crimson, purple to the fore; hugely concentrated and complex with years, if not decades, to go before the bouquet fully opens up; the flavours of the full-bodied palate centre on blackberry, licorice, spice and a touch of tobacco; cedary new French oak and tannins are submerged in oceans of fruit. Drink by: 2040 Date tasted: 12/Jan/2013 Price: $110.00 Alcohol: 14.5% Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday
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Clarendon Hills Liandra Shiraz 2010

This sandy, west-facing vineyard is named after Roman’s private residence, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 1997. The Syrah and Mourvedre patches consistently offer plush flavour intensity, ripe tannins and good acidity. 

This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘1er Cru’ classification. Typically cote rotie in its expression. Lifted smoky, peatiness headlines the graphite and tobacco-edged syrah forging process. Pleasing mid-palate depth and balanced complexities watermark the potential life span and enjoyment window for this cuvee. This class is highlighted by its potential to be enjoyed now or cellared confidently for 25 years.

Good crimson-purple; aromas of black fruits and licorice, then a palate with above average intensity, likewise tannins running through the length of the palate, giving a strongly savoury cast to the wine; needs further time in bottle. Drink by: 2030 Alcohol: 14.5% Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday
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Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Shiraz 2010

Planted in 1928 with syrah and grenache, this vineyard located in the most highly elevated regions of Blewitt Springs. Onkaparinga is an indigenous/aboriginal term for the local region. The Syrah patch faces west and edges a gorge that has a 75 metre sheer cliff face. 

Part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand Cru’ classification. Offers a highly elevated perfume of barbequed pork, cardamom, chesterfield couch leather, passionfruit flowers and sweet earth. The palate cascades concentric layers of round, bespoke extract that leaves a powerful finish begging for a cool cellar and a time machine set for 15 years.

Deep crimson-purple; shares the extra dimension of texture and structure with the other '10 releases, but takes it into a palate of considerable vinosity, easily able to absorb the high level of new French oak; bitter chocolate runs through the fruit; fully reflects the excellent vintage. High quality corks and heavy bottles will aid the longevity. Drink by: 2040 Date tasted: 12/Jan/2013 Price: $110.00 Alcohol: 14.5% Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday
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Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Syrah 2002

Clarendon Hills is a small family run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company, founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. It all began when the biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he’d never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palette and scientific knowledge. Following his favourite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.

The Piggott Range vineyard is a part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand Cru’ classification.

Unrivalled in its height and breadth of structure, this brooding and multi-dimensional cuvee demands a minimum of 15 years in a cold cellar to begin to emerge from its hermit shell.

Viscous in concentration and mouth feel but progressive in respect to character illumination, it has presence and aristocracy but sadly requires many years to develop and emerge. Recommended cellaring for a minimum of 15 years and enjoy for 50.

Absolutely fabulous, but extremely backward, the saturated black/purple-colored 2002 Syrah Piggott Range reveals that minerality/crushed rock characteristic in the nose along with notes of roasted meats, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, truffles, spice, and espresso. This dense, fabulously endowed Syrah inundates the palate with layers of creme de cassis, loads of glycerin, and unbelievable definition as well as focus. Four to five years of cellaring is recommended as this is a wine for patient connoisseurs. It should easily age for two decades. The distinctive roasted character of the Piggott Range Syrahs is noteworthy since this vineyard is a natural amphitheater planted with 35- to 40-year-old Syrah vines. Score: 97 Points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #155, October 2004  

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Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2012

This wine is made from Shiraz selected from four vineyards in the Hilltops district around Young on the South Western Slopes of New South Wales.

The hue is good, although not particularly deep; an exercise in restraint and elegance, with finely detailed and strung beads of red and black berry fruit, silky tannins and a touch of French oak. Rating: 95 Points; Drink By: 2025 Price: $32.00 Date Tasted: 10 Apr 2013 Alcohol: 13% James Halliday Wine Companion

It’s a funny thing to say but Clonakilla’s Hilltops shiraz has been the flagbearer of the (Hilltops) region for a decade or so now. Always look forward to tasting it. I’m not raving over this release but I do think it’s very good. Juicy, easy to drink and to like, satiny-textured and not too heavy. Burgundian shiraz, as they say. Cherries and mulberries, integrated toasty/spicy/nutty oak and a sweet, berried, gently stalky finish. Satisfying length. Satisfying, if ight-ish, intensity. Simply, a beautiful wine to drink. Stylish. Rated : 91+ Points Alcohol : 13% Price : $28 CD / 35 Retail  Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2014 - 2020+ Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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Clonakilla Murrumbateman Syrah 2008

Black and red fruits combine seamlessly with a strong tar-like quality running through the core; medium-bodied, dark and savoury, with firm tannin taking over the palate and wrestling the dark fruit to the mineral floor; long, chewy, intense and needing time to reveal the inner beauty. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 95 Points;  Drink 2020 $90 Date Tasted Mar 10 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

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Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2010

Deep dark purple-red. The bouquet is exquisite; earthy, woody, dark cherry fruit with attractive spice and savoury black olive complexity. Very rich and textural on the palate. The initial impression is an explosion of sweet dark berry and plum fruits. The mid palate is full and long, the after palate tightens up with grainy well- integrated chocolate-like tannins. The flavour profile is persistent – overall, an immensely powerful wine. In my opinion it is probably the best Moonambel Shiraz we have made to date and it is only young. In a few years it will be drinking magnificently.

Typical deep crimson-purple; intense dark berry fruit aromas join with quality French oak on the bouquet, the svelte palate adding perfectly balanced and integrated tannins; top class finish and aftertaste; purity and power. It was one of the first examples of cool, continental climate shiraz to gain public acclaim. 13.5% alcohol. Drink to 2035. Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine

Deep, dark red/purple colour. Shy, subdued bouquet, but the dark fruits are there and a multiplicity of dry spices; deep and latent. Sumptuous, wonderful depth of flavour and weight, with a marvellous balance between primary fruit and savoury complexities. Very well structured wine, dense and rewarding, with profound flavour that builds and then lasts and lasts on the aftertaste. The tannins are really special, giving great structure and mouthfeel and supporting the flavour. Drink: 2012 – 2040; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; Sydney Morning Herald

Blackberry, a minty coolness, positive nutty oak and a richness that’s almost to choc-licorice. Medium bodied with firm tannin, here’s a fine boned wine that’s expressive and persistent in its delivery of flavour, with clear and well pitched acidity and no shortage of length. It’s a little tight and even a little herbal, though its charms are surely there. Tasted : Aug12 Alcohol : 13.5% Price : $60 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2015 - 2030+ Rated : 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Moonambel Shiraz is scented of blackberries, creme de cassis, cedar and black pepper plus touches of dried herbs, violets and licorice. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of mouth-filling black berry and spice flavors, it has got a solid foundation of medium to firm grainy tannins and enlivening acidity, finishing long with some vanilla and cedar notes coming through. Drink this one now to 2020+. Rating: 94 Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW; Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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Dandelion Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2012

In the last two weeks of March whole bunches of Shiraz were hand harvested, then gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for eight days, hand plunged twice a day, before careful basket pressing into new (25%) and older French Oak Barriques to finish fermentation. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, we bottled our Lionheart vineyard without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of Carl’s vines. Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart is ready to drink and will reward cellaring and decanting.
 
Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted blue fruits, blood plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish. 
 
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De Bortoli Gulf Station Shiraz Viognier 2010

Rich spicy fruit with dark berries. The wine is elegant in style showing integrated ripe tannins, a structured palate and a supple mouthfeel.

The fruit is hand picked and destemmed to open fermenters. A combination of whole bunches is also included to give additional lift and structure. A small amount of Viognier (5%) is also included in the ferment. This gives further aromatic lift and vibrancy. Both hand and foot plunging is used to give gentle
extraction of flavour, colour and tannins.
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De Bortoli Windy Peak Shiraz 2013

Windy Peak wines are made at our Dixon's Creek winery from carefully selected fruit grown in the Yarra Valley, King Valley and other regions. The wines are generous in flavour with fine grained texture, perfect for bringing out the best in food.

Fruit is sourced from carefully selected parcels of Shiraz grown on the red volcanic soils of Northern Heathcote. Fruit is harvested at 14.0-14.5 baume to achieve a balance of fruit ripeness and balanced acidity. Grapes are destemmed and crushed into both static and rotary fermenters. The resultant wine is then fermented for up to two weeks on skins prior to pressing and racking.  A third of the blend is matured for 5 months in older casks and the remainder stays in tank for freshness and brightness.
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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Syrah 2007 1500ml

Remarkable complexity and depth - it's a wine to marvel at as you drink. It tastes of grilled meat, charcuterie, toast, coffee beans, blackberries and smoky spice - in terms of complexity, this is one with the lot. It has fantastic tannin structure, assertive but elegant; it's a wine of certainty. Amazing. 97 Points; Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10, Jun 2009
 
Many Yarra Valley wineries label their shirazes as syrah, the traditional French name, to differentiate between the cool-climate, Rhone Valley style and the big, often jammy South Australian style. This is a textbook medium-bodied syrah, elegant with some richness and smoke on the nose but soft and supple on the palate with buttery oak and lovely spiciness. It's low on alcohol at 13 per cent but is likely to develop over the next few years. Winsor Dobbin, Travel & Living, January 2010
 
Light colour; a very expressive bouquet, almost perfumed; the palate also walks along a path of its choosing, intense yet with spicy/ savoury components; has elements of the Northern Rhone Valley in its make-up. 94 Points; James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010
 
Opens with a spicy aroma, with touches of orange zest and dark-red fruits. Palate is soft and generous but with an excellent spine. It's medium weight, with a really classy poise. Nicely structured and showing some finesse. Good tannin structure and effortlessly long through the mid-palate. Understated oak. 94 Points; Ray Jordan; The West Australian
 
The 2007 Syrah Reserve Release was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1971, was naturally fermented, and was aged for 10 months in seasoned French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Purple-colored, it offers a captivating aromatic array of mineral, lavender, smoked game, bacon and blueberry in a style reminiscent of a quality Cote-Rotie. Medium-bodied, elegant, and silky, it has the structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2022. 92 Points; Jay Miller; Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
 
This stylish Yarra Valley shiraz has a distinct European accent with meaty, malty richness, delicate dark fruit and spice characters, and floral, earthy overtones. Very subtle yet very complex, it tastes superfine and fresh with a long, soft signature. Ralph Kyte-Powell, ABC Delicious Magazine
 
Steve Webber is a self-confessed Francophile. This is no heroic shiraz but a more mid-weight, smoothly textured style that fits the mould of the great syrah from the northern Rhone. It's about red fruits, not black, with lots of raspberry and cherry flavours. Peter Bourne, Sydney Morning Herald
 
It doesn't get much better than this classic red crafted from hand-picked fruit from Yarra Valley vineyards first planted in 1971. Perfumed and textured with layers of plum and berry fruit, intense spice and peppery characters, clever oaking and silky tannins. Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury
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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Syrah 2008 1500ml

The more of the wine world I explore, the more I appreciate that the correlation between price and quality is a tenuous one. It is not difficult to find ear-splittingly expensive wines that fail to impress. More difficult to discover well-priced wines that compete at the very highest level on the world stage. My score for this wine will raise eyebrows and attract criticism. It is not a score that I have awarded to a wine of this price before. But I do not score on price, on reputation or on public opinion. I score on taste. And after several tastings I have no hesitation in recommending De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Release Syrah 2008 as one of the finest wines to be unleashed in this country. Utterly mesmerising, it harks as much to Grand Cru Burgundy as it does to the Grand Marques of the Rhone Valley. It begins with aromas of rain on graphite and a panoply of exotic spices and black fruits. The palate is ultra-structured, with super-fine tannins delving deep into its core, lacing together star anise, pepper, nutmeg, dark chocolate, coffee bean and black fruits, completely engulfing the impact of eight-five percent whole bunch fruit. It is at once silky and gravelly, with a finish that lingers undeviated for no less than three minutes. 98 Points; Tyson Stelzer, Clear About Wine.
 
Mesmerising wine, competing on the world stage, harking as much to the finesse of Grand Cru Burgundy as the texture of Rhone greats. Rain on graphite, a panoply of spices, fine tannins, star anise, pepper, nutmeg, dark chocolate, coffee bean and black fruits engulfs the impact of 85% whole bunch fruit. 98 Points; Wine Business Monthly; August 2010
 
The reserve release wine is sourced from the Yarra Valley estate's oldest shiraz planted in 1971, and has all the same accoutrements of the estate wine but delivers greater depth and soul. The nose is more brooding and has a smoked graphite mineral edge with fruit buried below deck for now, some Rhone-like citrus zest here too. The palate wields impressive power and direction, really concentrated and focused, packed with plum and dark summer berry flavour, delivered on tannins that build weight and presence towards the finish. One of their finest yet! Nick Stock; The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
 
I found it a challenging wine when I tasted it last December - almost too much so. It seems softer and (much) riper now - the sweetness of its berried fruit is now coming through more clearly. It smells of chicory, smoke and peat. Then tastes of ash, plums, violets and meat. It has lots of dark tea-leafy tannin and is (gently) bitter on the finish. The main thing is that it's got beautiful lift and life and the tannin and flavour through the finish sets it apart as 'special'. It's a glorious wine in its style. 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
 
The nose is fascinating fresh and complex, showing spicy red berry fruit  with a hint of whole bunch character. The palate is long and savoury reflecting the complexity of the nose. Winewise , Dec 2009
 
Medium red with garnet edge. Fragrant and aromatic with graphite and white pepper characteristics. A rich structured palate with integrated ripe tannins and exotic feel. A supple and complex wine. Flavours of rich spicy fruit with dark berries are evident. Fruit was hand sorted and a combination of whole bunches (75%) and whole berries (25%) were gravity tipped to an open fermenter. The fruit was then allowed to ferment with ambient yeast. Both hand and foot plunging were used to gently extract colour and flavour over 20 days. The grapes pressed and settled for 24 hours before racking to cask for MLF and maturation. After 10 months the wine is gravity racked and then bottled. French Oak Puncheons (500L), one, two and three year old used no new oak at all. Steve Webber, Winemaker
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De Iuliis Shiraz 2011

Originating from Italy the De Iuliis family have made the Hunter region their home since 1960. After a long successful career in the Hunter mining industry, Joss and Anna De Iuliis were inspired to follow their family passion for wine and chose a property in the Lovedale Road region of the Lower Hunter Valley, converting a grazing property into a 20ha vineyard with the first vines planted in 1990. For the first decade they provided fruit for some of the Hunter Valley’s biggest names.

It wasn't until their son Michael finished his postgraduate studies in Oenology at the world renowned Roseworthy campus (Adelaide University) in 1999 with remarkable results that dynamic of the business changed from grape growing to wine production. A new state of the art winery and a modern airy cellar door was built, designed by architect Lionel Glendenning, and completed just in time for vintage 2001.

Today, De Iuliis wines are known for their trademark Hunter regionality and commitment to showcasing the very best the Hunter Valley has to offer. The Australian Wine Companion by James Halliday has been rating De Iuliis Wines a 5 star winery since 2010. The family’s vision is to continue producing wines of excellence and outstanding quality from individual paddocks, wines of distinction which they are proud to have their name on.

One of the great wines of Australia, Hunter Shiraz is powerful as it is subtle, with pure fruit flavours balanced by spice and earthy characters. Round, soft tannins mean it can be enjoyed young, but balance and great length of
flavour ensure this will reach its best in 5-10 years.

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Dry River Lovat Syrah 2006

A child of the terroir and vintage. Notably, the grapes were grown without irrigation and as always the wine was made with great care to avoid loss or modification of the natural flavours through winemaker intervention, or in pursuit of a particular style. It speaks about the essence of cool climate Syrah – as grown in Martinbor- ough – and it is also about Syrah from a concentrated vintage. The fruit was harvested in three parcels – between late April and early May – in perfect condition and without raisining or surmaturité. It has a notably intense rubellite colour and a level of richness on the nose which almost has to be spooned out.

The perfume of jasmine overlays blackcurrants, sweet pipe tobacco, hints of white pepper and maybe even a touch of honeycomb on the nose. The palate has a smooth entry and manages to be both juicy but elegant and refined, as well as with clarity of expression in spite of its concentration. Black fruits are followed by flavours of leather and cigar box sweet tobacco giving rise to an impression of firmness. This wine is somewhat in the mould of the ’03 wine – if your preference is for light or delicate wines, it is not for you.

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Eden Road Canberra Shiraz 2009

2009 was a great year in the Canberra District. The warm vintage and lower than average crop combined to produce concentrated, dark and powerful fruit with impressive perfume and structure. The result of power and intensity is that the wines from 2009 will reward if not demand some careful cellaring. Alcohol: 14.0%   

Eden road only manage a paltry 1200 bottles of this unique single vineyard in Murrumbatemen, itself the heart of the marginal wine producing region surrounding Canberra. This 100% Shiraz comes from a unique terrior; at 640 meters asl and with granite based soil it produces cool climate high-grown fruit of individual purity and minerality worthy of a single vineyard offering. 20% whole bunch fermentation brings pretty aromatics and fruit-tannin structure while maturation in old French barriques adds softness and mouth feel while preserving the purity of fruit.

Another stellar '09 shiraz that needs time to settle into shape. It's thick and dense, showing complex black fruits and spice, some earthy accents and nicely paced, integrated oak. The palate rolls out sheets of fine ripe tannins carrying dark-plum and black-cherry flavours, with spice twisted through and finishing brightly balanced. Give it time. Nick Stock, Great Wine drives | Canberra District, Gourmet Traveller Wine, April/May

Vivid colour; a heady mixture of spice and black fruit perfume, showing truffle, roasted meat, char and spice; the palate is densely packed, chewy and serious in nature, yet over time reveals a silky, soft and intriguing combination of spice and fruit; beautifully detailed, with rapier-like acidity drawing out the finish, this wine is another example of just how good Canberra district can be. Rating: 97 Points; Drink By: 2025 Price: $60.00 Date Tasted:17 Dec 2010 James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

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Elderton Shiraz 1992 1500ml Magnum

Image for illustrative purposes only. The fruit for Elderton Shiraz is sourced mainly from the Elderton Vineyard situated on the banks of the North Para River, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia. Elderton was transformed from a vineyard supplying quality fruit to other wineries to a winery in its own right in 1982, and have since won much recognition for all of the wines, especially the Shiraz. Barossa Shiraz is now highly collectable worldwide, and the Elderton is always a benchmark for the region.
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Giaconda Estate Shiraz 2010

Screwcap. 2010 Barrel tasting notes: A highly expressive nose of violets and graphite, with a wild briar character. This is the first Giaconda Shiraz with a small Viognier component - which adds an interesting extra dimension. It has an elegant structure but still retains its latent power. An ethereal palate and refined tannins. Only the second release of the Estate Shiraz, it is showing great promise and has developed outstanding depth while still holding great refinement. 2011 Barrel tasting notes: A melange of red fruits, briar, pepper and spice, very aromatic and shows great potential. Fine taut and long with Rhone like flavours, finishing with the evident fine balanced tannins extending the palate. I feel this wine will develop great finely structured depth. Rick Kinzbrunner
 
Complex and structured, this spicy, smoky shiraz marries dark, meaty black and red berry fruits with tight, fine-grained savoury oak and a very fine but robust backbone. Scented with dark flowers, black pepper and minerals, it’s deeply layered and reductive, finishing with a lingering presence of fruit and a hint of graphite. From relatively young vines, it just lacks the genuine depth of fruit it will doubtless acquire in future vintages. Rating: 18.2 Points; Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual
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Giaconda Estate Shiraz 2011

Giaconda is one of Australia’s signature makers – producer of our finest and most complex Chardonnay and quite possibly our best single vineyard Shiraz, although, which one?" Jeremy Oliver.
 
These wines have a super-cult status and, given the tiny production, are extremely difficult to find; they are sold chiefly through restaurants and by mail order. All have a cosmopolitan edge befitting Rick Kinzbrunner’s international winemaking experience. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are made in contrasting styles: the Chardonnay tight and reserved, the Pinot Noir more variable, but usually opulent and ripe. James Halliday
 
A highly expressive nose of violets and graphite, with a wild briar character. This is the first Giaconda Shiraz with a small Viognier component - which adds an interesting extra dimension. It has an elegant structure but still retains it's latent power. An ethereal palate with refined tannins. Only the second release of the Estate Shiraz, it is showing great promise and has developed outstanding depth while still holding great refinement. Rick Kinzbrunner
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Giaconda Estate Shiraz 2012

Our Estate Vineyard Shiraz is planted on a small two acre block at the top of the property with a warm north facing exposure. This wine is barrel fermented with approximately 30% new French oak and a small component of Viognier. This wine is aged in barrel for 22 months, deep underground in our granite maturation cave.
 
2012 Barrel Tasting notes: Dark and brooding on the nose with concentrated ripe fruits. Hints of pepper, spice and game combine to give a dense nose. These characters carry into the palate. Flesh, power, and deeply engrained ripe tannins make the palate impressive in its latent power. 1.5% of Viognier seems to flesh out the palate and give that exotic edge to the nose.
 
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Giaconda Estate Shiraz 2013 (En-Primeur - Delivery in May 2015)

Intense colour of magenta to black. Lifted floral notes swirl around the black cherries and plum fruit – dried herbs and a touch of graphite too. The wine has a lot of refined extract yet it remains fresh and vibrant with an impressive tannin profile that ensures the final impact is clean, long and savoury. A tour de force; will need time to evolve given the sheer power of this wine.
 
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Giaconda Warner Shiraz 2010

2010 Barrel tasting notes: The nose is profoundly deep with scents of herb, red fruits and coffee. A firm and more refined, tightly structured palate reflecting a cooler vintage. Exotic Rhone like characters of wild herbs are developing as a counterpoint to the evident dark fruit. This continues the traditional Warner vineyard style and should offer good ageing potential.Screwcap. 

 

2011 Barrel tasting notes: A complex nose, spice, pepper and undergrowth shows lifted characters as a result of the cooler vintage. Vibrant palate, long and exotic. A little finer and lighter than previous Warner vintages. Showing elegance with a red fruit spectrum. Rick Kinzbrunner

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Giaconda Warner Shiraz 2013 (En-Primeur - Delivery in May 2015)

Simply jet black in colour. Charcuterie, earth, blackberries, plums and sweet Szechuan pepper create a powerful aromatic; the palate is vibrant, subtly spiced with oak notes framed by powdery fine tannins that keep the Satsuma plum notes in check. Finishes cool, focused and vibrant with a graphite edge.
 
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Gibson The Australian Old Vine Collection Shiraz 2003

Wine Advocate #161 (Oct 2005)  Robert Parker 95 points  Drink 2005-2020. A profound offering fashioned from 93- to 140-year-old vines, the 2003 Old Vine Collection Shiraz boasts extraordinary elegance and precision along with a deep, black raspberry and cassis-scented nose, beautiful sweetness, a peppery, spicy purity on the attack, full body, superb ripeness, decent acidity, and a long, heady, supple finish. It should drink well for a minimum of 10-15 years.

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