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Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2000

Magill Estate Shiraz is Penfolds only single-vineyard wine, made from grapes grown on the remaining 5 hectares of the vineyard established by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold in 1844. Today, the Magill Estate vineyard consists entirely of Shiraz vines, all aged between 25 and 45 years. Distinctive, spicy Shiraz fruit typical of the region. Ripe stone fruit flavours, assertive tannins and leathery finish.more
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Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011

Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that area hallmarks of Grange, expressing instead, single-region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured only in French oak. The initials RWT stand for 'Red Winemaking Trial', the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995. Naturally, now no longer a 'Trial' !

RWT Shiraz was launched in May 2000 with the 1997 vintage. Its style is opulent and fleshy, contrasting with Grange, which is more  muscular and assertive. RWT is made from fruit primarily selected for its aromatic qualities and fine texture rather than sheer intensity or  power of flavour. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level.

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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2010 (Cork)

The finest vintage under this label since it was first released during the 1950s. With a history interlinked with the story of Grange, 2010 St Henri stands as the triumph of this year's Penfolds luxury release. The wine is amazingly expressive with deep colour, superb fruit complexity, voluminous richness and supple textures. Dark chocolate, dark cherry, blackberry, mocha, roasted chestnut aromas are followed by a richly concentrated palate full of dark chocolate, paneforte flavours, generous sweet fruit notes and ripe loose-knit chocolaty tannins. It finishes graphite firm, long, and minerally. A gorgeous wine with all the hallmarks of long term ageing potential. Rating: 100 Points; Andrew Caillard; Master of Wine

A multi-regional, 100% knockout SA shiraz that excites at every step, the aromas saturating the nose high and low with ripe, vibrant black fruits then carrying forward with wilder, redder fruits hitting top notes as well, the texture engaging and timelessly contemporary. Stunning wine that will delight for decades. Rating: 99 Points; Tony Love, Taste

A rare vintage of only shiraz in this wine, the sourcing is Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Clare Valley. A very handy vintage of this classically styled Penfolds red, bright hearty fruit dominates amid earth, tar and dark nutty elements, boot polish too, really deep. The palate has seamless flow and build, immense concentration is at play, dark liquorice, blackberry and plum, this is swathed in deeply ripe, smooth but strong tannin. Dark plum flavours build, the finish holds and holds – terrific length and depth here, this will go down as one of the greatest ever St. Henri releases. Rating: 98 Points; James Suckling

The hero of this year’s release is a majestic 2010 St. Henri Shiraz. A stalwart of a more traditional style and matured in large format (1460 litre) oak, it is a wine that showcases the inherent quality of the 2010 harvest. It’s a sure-footed wine that will age gracefully and, with so many of the other wines creeping northwards in price, it is also one of the great value wines at US$90. Rating: 98 Points; Nick Stock

Very deep purple-black in color and showing an attractive nose of warm blackcurrants, blueberries and licorice with a complex undercurrent of mocha, cedar, menthol and grilled meat, the full-bodied 2010 St Henri Shiraz is relatively rich in the mouth, offering tons of fruit structured by firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with great persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2030+ Rating: 97+ Points; Lisa Perotti-Brown; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

If you buy no other Penfolds this release, don’t miss St Henri. It’s as if the 2010 season was perfectly orchestrated for this large format, old oak style. A celebration of this great vintage, this is one of the finest under this label of the modern era, perhaps ever. The epitome of the St Henri style, effortless and elegant, with epic purity and definition...It has space and grace, nothing short of breathtaking. Wow. Drink: 2020-2040, Rating: 97 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste

St Henri is the one Penfolds super premium we all should be following. This 2010 release is the best since the 2004. In short, it’s gorgeous. I’m tempted to use the words Beg, Borrow or Steal. Nose, palate, tannin, finish; all are in full, healthy voice. Licorice, leather, plum, clove. Fine-grained tannin. Juicy orange-peel notes. Well stored, under screwcap, it will live for just about ever. Rating: 96+ Points Campbell Mattinson

I felt palpably nervous before tasting this wine. To my mind, it was the most important wine of the whole event. I have been waiting for this taste for four years. Harvest conditions meant that this had to be a great vintage for St. Henri. But how great? That was the only question. I never will wines to win 20s in my notes. They just happen without me questioning it. Perfect wines don’t have to try too hard. For me, this is the finest young St. Henri I have ever tasted. It is phenomenal in every way. I cannot imagine how it could be bettered. I like it more than the fêted 1990 and 1971. Perfect 20/20 ++ March 2014. Matthew Jukes (UK)

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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2010 (Screw Cap)

The finest vintage under this label since it was first released during the 1950s. With a history interlinked with the story of Grange, 2010 St Henri stands as the triumph of this year's Penfolds luxury release. The wine is amazingly expressive with deep colour, superb fruit complexity, voluminous richness and supple textures. Dark chocolate, dark cherry, blackberry, mocha, roasted chestnut aromas are followed by a richly concentrated palate full of dark chocolate, paneforte flavours, generous sweet fruit notes and ripe loose-knit chocolaty tannins. It finishes graphite firm, long, and minerally. A gorgeous wine with all the hallmarks of long term ageing potential. Rating: 100 Points; Andrew Caillard; Master of Wine

A multi-regional, 100% knockout SA shiraz that excites at every step, the aromas saturating the nose high and low with ripe, vibrant black fruits then carrying forward with wilder, redder fruits hitting top notes as well, the texture engaging and timelessly contemporary. Stunning wine that will delight for decades. Rating: 99 Points; Tony Love, Taste

A rare vintage of only shiraz in this wine, the sourcing is Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Clare Valley. A very handy vintage of this classically styled Penfolds red, bright hearty fruit dominates amid earth, tar and dark nutty elements, boot polish too, really deep. The palate has seamless flow and build, immense concentration is at play, dark liquorice, blackberry and plum, this is swathed in deeply ripe, smooth but strong tannin. Dark plum flavours build, the finish holds and holds – terrific length and depth here, this will go down as one of the greatest ever St. Henri releases. Rating: 98 Points; James Suckling

The hero of this year’s release is a majestic 2010 St. Henri Shiraz. A stalwart of a more traditional style and matured in large format (1460 litre) oak, it is a wine that showcases the inherent quality of the 2010 harvest. It’s a sure-footed wine that will age gracefully and, with so many of the other wines creeping northwards in price, it is also one of the great value wines at US$90. Rating: 98 Points; Nick Stock

Very deep purple-black in color and showing an attractive nose of warm blackcurrants, blueberries and licorice with a complex undercurrent of mocha, cedar, menthol and grilled meat, the full-bodied 2010 St Henri Shiraz is relatively rich in the mouth, offering tons of fruit structured by firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with great persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2030+ Rating: 97+ Points; Lisa Perotti-Brown; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

If you buy no other Penfolds this release, don’t miss St Henri. It’s as if the 2010 season was perfectly orchestrated for this large format, old oak style. A celebration of this great vintage, this is one of the finest under this label of the modern era, perhaps ever. The epitome of the St Henri style, effortless and elegant, with epic purity and definition...It has space and grace, nothing short of breathtaking. Wow. Drink: 2020-2040, Rating: 97 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste

St Henri is the one Penfolds super premium we all should be following. This 2010 release is the best since the 2004. In short, it’s gorgeous. I’m tempted to use the words Beg, Borrow or Steal. Nose, palate, tannin, finish; all are in full, healthy voice. Licorice, leather, plum, clove. Fine-grained tannin. Juicy orange-peel notes. Well stored, under screwcap, it will live for just about ever. Rating: 96+ Points Campbell Mattinson

I felt palpably nervous before tasting this wine. To my mind, it was the most important wine of the whole event. I have been waiting for this taste for four years. Harvest conditions meant that this had to be a great vintage for St. Henri. But how great? That was the only question. I never will wines to win 20s in my notes. They just happen without me questioning it. Perfect wines don’t have to try too hard. For me, this is the finest young St. Henri I have ever tasted. It is phenomenal in every way. I cannot imagine how it could be bettered. I like it more than the fêted 1990 and 1971. Perfect 20/20 ++ March 2014. Matthew Jukes (UK)

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Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz 2012

In 1980, Geoff Hardy left the then family company, Thomas Hardy & Sons, to make his own way in the Australian wine world. The same year, he established Pertaringa and since then the Pertaringa vineyards in the foothills behind McLaren Vale have continued to produce some of the region's finest wines. The soils are enriched from the hills above and the cooler climate, further tempered by the sea breezes off St Vincent's Gulf, sets the scene for high quality wine grapes.

The name Pertaringa means 'belonging to the hills' and originates from the local Kaurna indigenous language. Our cellar door, nestled in the foothills of McLaren Vale, is beautifully set amongst the gum trees with magnificent views and outdoor picnic facilities.

The 2012 vintage was dry and conditions during ripening were excellent with mild days and cool to cold nights, ensuring good acidity in the fruit. The generally lower crop potential and large canopies resulted in rapid ripening in early varieties and some of the best quality fruit for a number of years.

Impenetrable purple-crimson; the bouquet is redolent of spiced, poached plum, blackberry and dark chocolate, the palate at once luscious yet refined, the flavours intense yet not jammy, long but not tannic. A prime example of not assessing wine by numbers; the grapes were picked at precisely the right time, a point as the French would have it. Fabulous value. Rating: 96 Points; Drink by: 2042; Price: $22.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2014; Alcohol: 14.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz 2004 1500ml

Eight Songs Shiraz was born of our love of art and music and inspired by an operatic work, ‘Eight Songs for Mad King’, first performed in the Barossa in 1993.

The Barossa stands amongst the great wine regions of the world. From this region, Shiraz can express diversity in flavour, style and texture. The diverse terroir of our growers’ Barossa vineyards is reflected in the character of our wines. Soils, elevations and vine age vary from one vineyard to the next. The heart of Eight Songs lies in the old Shiraz vineyards spread across the landscape of the Barossa. During the vintage, we walk these vineyards, which typically yield less than 2.5 tonnes per acre, tasting the fruit, seeking the concentrated flavours we need for this style of Shiraz.

With Eight Songs we show an elegant and distinctly softer side to Barossa Shiraz. Fermented and matured in 100% new French oak hogsheads the palate shows dark plums, choc/ mocha notes with hints of vanillin undertones. The seamless integration of opulent fruit and velvety tannins creates an elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz at its sensuous best.
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Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz 2009

Eight Songs Shiraz was born of our love of art and music and inspired by an operatic work, ‘Eight Songs for Mad King’, first performed in the Barossa in 1993.

The Barossa stands amongst the great wine regions of the world. From this region, Shiraz can express diversity in flavour, style and texture. The diverse terroir of our growers’ Barossa vineyards is reflected in the character of our wines. Soils, elevations and vine age vary from one vineyard to the next. The heart of Eight Songs lies in the old Shiraz vineyards spread across the landscape of the Barossa. During the vintage, we walk these vineyards, which typically yield less than 2.5 tonnes per acre, tasting the fruit, seeking the concentrated flavours we need for this style of Shiraz.

With Eight Songs we show an elegant and distinctly softer side to Barossa Shiraz. Fermented and matured in 100% new French oak hogsheads the palate shows dark plums, choc/ mocha notes with hints of vanillin undertones. The seamless integration of opulent fruit and velvety tannins creates an elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz at its sensuous best.
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Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2005 1500ml

Hefty price, but we have to say that Stonewell lives up to the hype. We attended a tasting of twenty years of Stonewell during the year, and the number of 'hits' was outstanding. An Aussie classic. One sip and you're hooked. It presses all the right buttons in all the right places: profound dark-fruit flavour, integrated cedary oak, lengthy, filigree tannin, brightness of flavour and the persistence to polish off the package. Terrific. Drinking: 2017-2028; Rating: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Nice to see the top-drawer Lehmann shiraz join the other stars (riesling and semillon) under screwcap. An absolutely classic Barossa shiraz here, showing dark, nutty, savoury characters over deeply ripe plum and red fruits. The palate's juicy and rich: red Ð and dark-fruit flavours here. Ripe tannins motor through the finish and there's a sweep of mocha to close. Nick Stock; The Good Wine Guide

It may not be the blockbuster of 2002 or 2004, but there is an immediate appeal to its exuberant spice, lingering black plum and cherry fruit and dark chocolate and liquorice oak. In typical Stonewell stature, it's firmly structured with fine-grained tannins which need a decade in the cellar. Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer 
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Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2009

Deep purple-crimson; imposes itself from the first whiff of the expressive bouquet, the first sip of the palate, yet does so with style (and guile); the aromas and flavours are complex, yet seamlessly moulded in a supple display of black and red fruits, the tannins equally supple, the French oak totally integrated and balanced. Drink By: 2035; Price: $100.00; Date Tasted: 24 Jan 2013; Alcohol: 14.2%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday

An historic release of Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz in that it’s the first to include Eden Valley-grown grapes in the wine. It’s a substantial contribution too: 30 percent of the wine. “Only the biggest and blackest fruit gets into the taste-off for Stonewell,” Lehmann chief winemaker Andrew Wigan said. “We tasted more than 80 Shiraz components as a team before settling on the top one percent that made that grade. It was a nice surprise to see how the Eden Valley fruit shone.” It’s a beautiful wine in its style. All fruit, dense and black, with very little tannin getting in the way. It has the fruit density of Grange, and yet it’s a thoroughly different style of wine. Before it sounds as though I’m calling this wine structureless; I'm not. Indeed it’s a perfectly well structured and balanced wine. Thick blackberry, smoky/coffeed oak, earth, asphalt and mint. Smooth texture. Admittedly the tannin rises in the wine given time to breathe, and when it does it’s grainy and gritty, redolent of coffee grounds and toast. The linger here, the persistence, is quite exceptional. Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $100 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2016 - 2028+ Rating: 95+ Points Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

Andrew Wigan likens 2009 to 1999: An underrated, unnoticed vintage, sandwiched between two great years. The effect is exacerbated by the sheer magnificence of 2010. 2009’s claim to fame is the first inclusion of Eden Valley fruit in Stonewell, contributing brightness and life. The Stonewell oak regime has been progressively downplayed for decades, and even further here, with less new French oak and less time in barrel. The result is an impressive Stonewell of poise and longevity. As always, it needs at least a decade to come together, and preferably two. An impressively full, vibrant purple hue, there’s great power and concentration on display here, packed with sweet plum and blueberry fruits, lifted with violet perfume and layered with liquorice, dark chocolate and hints of black olives. It’s framed nearly in finely structured, well poised tannins and vibrant, lively acidity, lingering with remarkable persistence. Drink: 2019-2029;Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer
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Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2010

In the beginning we made just one Shiraz, the grape variety that has defined the Barossa as one of the world's great wine regions.  But we knew Shiraz that came from some vineyards was better than others - smaller, deeper in colour and more intensely flavoured - 'Little Black Jewels' we called them.  For over 20 years, Stonewell has been lauded as one of Australia's greatest wines and one of the world's greatest Shiraz." - Andrew Wigan

For some perspective on the quality of the 2010 release, the 97 Points from James Halliday is the highest he has ever awarded this wine. Yes, higher than the 96/100 he gave the famed 2008 and higher than the 96/100 given to the '09, '06, '04, '02 and '99 vintages which were considered the best made - until now. Halliday's note in full is:
 
Full crimson purple; while the provenance of the wine ensures there will be an abundance of flavours, there is a tension within the fruit expression that adds an X factor, drawing out the finish and leaving the mouth fresh. All in all a special wine from a special vintage destined for a very long life. Peter Lehmann 5 Star Winery; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $100; Drink to 2050; James Halliday Wine Companion
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Peter Lehmann VSV 1885 Shiraz 2012

Over the past decade, some special pockets of land have consistently stood out to the winemakers for their quality and individual character. Fruit from these vineyards was set aside, and made in small batches to highlight this character as single vineyard wines. The commitment of each grower is recognised with their signature on the label. Ralph and Angela Schrapel manage a small patch of dry grown Shiraz planted by Ralph’s great-great-great grandfather in 1885 in the Ebenezer district. The tightly held VSV - Very Special Vineyard - wines are only made in exceptional years when a single site delivers the ultimate harmony of varietal and region.

Deep crimson-purple; the grapes come from the Ebenezer Vineyard of the 16th generation Schrapel family, only 370 dozen made; a 10-day fermentation/maceration followed by 10 months in French oak. It pulses black fruits, licorice and plush tannins, the oak seemingly with a high percentage of new barrels, but easily accommodated by the fruit, the overall mouthfeel perfectly balanced and elegant. Drink: To 2042; Price: $60.00; Alcohol: 14.5%. Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

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Richard Hamilton Shiraz 2012

Richard Hamilton is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in wine production in Australia. The wine is crafted to present excellent fruit definition and length and typifies both the Shiraz fruit and the McLaren Vale region. The Hamilton family celebrated 175 years of involvement in the Australian wine industry in 2012.

Deep dark red with attractive crimson hues. This is a fruit dominant wine showing mint, plum and black pepper. Oak derived spice characters of cinnamon and nutmeg augment the nose. Expect to see cedar characters as the wine matures. A very stylish, medium bodied Shiraz showing soft tannins, lovely sweet fruit and good length with hints of pepper and plum flavours. The wine will best match full flavoured meals, such as tender beef, or full flavoured vegetarian dishes. 

The focus in producing this wine is to have vibrancy of fruit on the nose and palate with a tight structure and attractive mouth filling roundness. The fruit was all grown on our Estate between the McLaren Vale and Willunga townships. Following fermentation on skins, the components were pressed before dryness and allowed some oak fermentation. On the completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was 're-worked' and returned to oak for further maturation. 16 months maturation in 81% French oak, 19% American Oak.
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Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2010

Exceptional Langtons Classification. The Rockford wineworks and apparatus on Krondorf Road at Tanunda date back to the 1850s. The artisanal proprietors employ traditional techniques to assemble one of the nation's most singularly commanding wines. Parcels of the best dry grown old vine Shiraz, some of which were planted in the nineteenth century, from a select cabal of growers, operating vineyards in the Barossa, Kalimna and Ebenezer, Moppa Springs and the Eden Valley, are treated to an ancient basket press followed by vinfication in old fashioned open fermentation vessels.

The batches are matured in a selection of mostly well seasoned French and American oak barrels, before a rigorous selection to determine the final assemblage. Deeply coloured wine. A dense bouquet of aromatic dark fruits and berries with a twist of spice before the most engaging palate of reductions, power and richness over background oak and complex spice.

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SBOCA Clairvaux Shiraz 2009

Membership of the St. Bernard’s Old Collegians’ Association is bestowed upon all of those who have attended the School. The Old Collegians is an association run by Old Boys specifically for Old Boys, it is of little surprise to note that the number of Old Collegians taking part in its activities of one kind or another is large and always growing. The Association aims to facilitate commutation, connection and support between all who have had the pride to where the blue, black and gold. This includes providing opportunities for those that have graduated from the college, as well as those that are yet to become ‘Old Collegians’; those boys still currently attending the college.

The SBOCA Clairvaux Shiraz is crafted from quality grapes sourced from selected vineyards in South Eastern Australia. Exhibiting true varietal fruit flavours, the wine is a classic expression of Australia's best red wine variety. Approachable, food friendly and great value, it is a classic varietal expressions with Australian style. This wine is dark crimson in colour, showcasing lush dark berry and plum fruit flavours, with a savoury tannin profile and supportive oak finish. Blended from a number of regions and vineyards, read more...fruit is harvested according to flavour development and vine condition. The wine is aged in oak for 10 months and then bottled prior to the next harvest.

The SBOCA wine series is bottled exclusively for the St Bernards Old Collegians Association and each wine celebrates the artwork of a current or past student. The artist of the 2009 vintage is Matthew Lucente.

All proceeds from the sale of this wine go back to SBOCA.

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Saltram The Eighth Maker Shiraz 2002

A personal expression of the Barossa’s fine Shiraz tradition, Saltram’s The Eighth Maker is the embodiment of the proud winemaking heritage established by founder, William Salter, in 1859. Current Senior Winemaker, Nigel Dolan, has  crafted this wine with the influences of the region and the seven Senior Winemakers before him. In a life that has come full circle, the Saltram winery in the Barossa played a significant role at the beginning of Nigel’s life, forming his interests and ideals as the son of a winemaker. Now much later– and as Saltram’s eighth Senior Winemaker– his family, his passions and his vocation are once again irrevocably tied to this winery and the region. The Eighth Maker is personal, intimate and an insight into one Winemaker’s journey for excellence. The Eighth Maker 2002 sets the standard for iconic Australian Shiraz.

The winner of the 2003 Jimmy Watson Trophy, the most hotly contested since the extraordinary 1998 vintage wines competed during 1999. The Eighth Maker 2002 sets a benchmark for others to follow. The Eighth Maker Shiraz 2002 is deep velvet red with rich violet hues in the glass. The aromas present on the nose are, the very essence of Barossa Shiraz. Complex, layered aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, spice dark berry and cherry continue to develop further complexity on the elegant, complex palate. Subtle French oak notes and refined bottle maturation characters complete this truly magnificent wine.

Jimmy Watson Trophy - 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Gold Medal - 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Dedicated to the eight winemakers who have worked at Saltram since 1859 (Peter Lehman was there from 1960 to 1979), this new super-premium Barossa shiraz is deeply coloured with aromas of dark fruits, cedar and vanilla from new French oak and eve n a little star anise. Complex and balanced, ripe, yet not jammy, this intense and concentrated wine also has a good deal of finesse. A wine to put away for at least another 10 years. Australian Financial Review

A super-stylish and contemporary shiraz with all the bells and whistles. Its brambly, smoky aromas of pristine dark cherries, cassis and cedary oak are backed by undertones of smoked bacon and licorice. Silky-smooth and spotless, its sumptuous and harmoniously crafted palate is saturated with flavours of dark berries, plums and dark chocolate, backed by suggestions of smoked meats. Framed by the finest of tannins, it’s exceptionally long and measured, culminating in a slightly salty and savoury finish. (Barossa Valley, $200 retail approx, release April 2006, 19.3/97, drink 2014-2022+) Jeremy Oliver, OnWine

The third vintage of Saltram's flagship Barossa Shiraz, The Eighth Maker, is dense and concentrated... cedary notes mixing with flavours of new leather and dark berries. Layered and persistent, it promises to be around at least until the next generation of Dolans wins another JW (Jimmy Watson Trophy). On the Shelf; Gourmet Traveller Wine

Excellent hue, still purple-red; a prime example of a great, cool vintage in the Barossa; tight, blackberry fruit; long, lingering tannins. Cork. Rating: 94 points. Drink: 2017. 2007 James Halliday Wine Companion

There'll be few better wines released this year than the majestic drop crafted by Nigel Dolan, Saltram's Eighth Maker. Winner of the prestigious 2003 Jimmy Watson Trophy- it’s an absolute belter. Drop of the Week; Kerry Skinner

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Scotchmans Hill Shiraz 2012

Scotchmans Hill Bellarine Shiraz has a deep vibrant purple with a purple rim. This wine displays a complex and rich nose with typical cool climate characters of dark fruits, plums and black cherries. This is complemented by white pepper, earth and licorice aromas with a charry oak background. Scotchmans Hill Shiraz is a rich and full flavoured Shiraz delivering complex savoury characters. Dark fruits and red plum flavours, spice and licorice with a touch of briar and a charry oak finish. The wine is supported by firm acid and fine grained tannins which give it length, balance and structure. This elegant wine will cellar well over the next 5 to 8 years 
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Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 2012

Deriving its name from the picturesque Mount Chalambar near Great Western in central Victoria, Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz has an excellent pedigree, having been made since 1953. Originally crafted by the legendary Colin Preece and labelled as Chalambar Burgundy, this wine has become one of the most sought after Seppelt releases each year due to its consistency, quality and value. Sourced from the Grampians and Bendigo regions in Western and Central Victoria, there is a great balance of violets, pepper and spice from the Grampians fruit that provides contrasting elegance to the strength of Bendigo's dark plum fruit.

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz highlights the benefits of blending these distinctive wine regions. The result is a style that is approachable on release with the structure to age gracefully if carefully cellared. Alcohol 14% 100% Shiraz, 18 months in New and used French oak barriques. Deep and concentrated red with purple hues. Radiant spice lift, bright and floral. Great spice and texture, medium body, bright and fresh with generosity and structure working harmoniously. Showing great length and is detailed in its complexity. A wine showing the hallmarks of a fine vintage in Victoria.
 
While predominantly Grampians shiraz, does have a splash of Bendigo shiraz included. Seppelt has well and truly taken itself back to the quality of its glory days in the '40s, '50s and early '60s under the winemaking baton of Colin Preece. While it overflows with blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit, it retains a spicy elegance, the hallmark of this outstanding shiraz region. Drink By: 2032 Date Tasted: 13 Mar 2014 Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Wine of the Week; James Halliday Wine Companion

This is another example of restrained power coupled with stylish elegance. A deep, dark red with youthful purple hues, the nose shows sensuous dark fruited berry and cherry aromas with complex spices of cloves, cinnamon and pepper of a mainly dark profile but flashing hints of its bright chocolaty side. The dark fruit explodes in the mouth where the texture of the spices and savoury characters carry it along a long finish with the tannins and oak a perfect support act. It is yet another Exceptional wine with a long life ahead of it. Drink: Now-2024; Quality: Exceptional BW; WineStar© April 2014

Chalambar Burgundy (as it was then called) was first made in 1953 by Colin Preece. Seppelt has well and truly taken itself back to those glory days with this wine. While it overflows with blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit, it retains a spicy elegance, the hallmark of this outstanding shiraz region. 14% alc; screwcap. Rating: 95 points; drink to 2032; $27; James Halliday, Weekend Australian
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Seppelt St.Peters Shiraz 2010

The flagship wine in the Seppelt portfolio, St Peters is sourced from the finest and most intense estate grown fruit and is the ultimate expression of cool climate Grampians Shiraz. The lineage of this iconic wine dates back to 1964 when Great Western Hermitage was first made. The wine is only made in exceptional years and is now called St Peters after the name of our most historic block of Shiraz. This wine, made in very small quantities, is a carefully balanced medium bodied wine that displays complex flavours reflective of the local terroir.



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Sevenhill Inigo Shiraz 2010

With so many wines made from young Shiraz vines, here is a generous Shiraz made from vines up to 140 years old. A return to near average rainfall in 2009 laid the foundation for a favourable 2010 vintage. Although there was little rain in January and February, the fruit ripened evenly. Vintage saw mild, friendly temperatures during February and March, enabling fruit to be picked at optimum ripeness. Sevenhill's irreplaceable, 100-year slate fermenters provide the perfect dimensions for small-batch, hand-plunged fermentation. 

The 2010 Inigo Shiraz has a dense, cherry-black appearance. The palate shows a generous expression of fleshy, ripe plum fruit. A full-bodied wine, the finish has firm but smooth tannins and a spicy note. 

Many of the vines for this highly concentrated powerhouse shiraz are more than 100 years old. They deliver fruit of incredible intensity and richness, which is captured perfectly in this distinctive wine. Lot's of dark earthy plum, savouriness and licorice. It's so rich yet the subtle softness that comes with old vines adds texture and finesse. One for the long term. Rating: 95 Points; Ray Jordan, The West Australian
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Shadowfax One Eye Heathcote Shiraz 2004

Shadowfax Heathcote One Eye Shiraz 2004 ($65) screwcap: Good wine. Lots of line and length. Full, dark fruit flavours hang tight to a line of integrated acidity, with chalky, minerally, tongue-hugging tannins holding it all fast. There's a slight background of eucalyptus and sandalwood, but this is a wine keen to keep its cards fairly close to its chest - for now. Drink: 2009-2016. 91 points. Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

Firm, dry and unyielding, this closed and sinewy shiraz has a meaty, leathery bouquet whose rather sweet and jammy aromas of red and black berries are backed by earthy and peppery complexity. Its powerful, ferrous and leathery palate of deep, minty fruit finishes rather hard and drying, and should flesh out with time in the bottle. (Heathcote, $65 retail, approx., 17.3/90, drink 2012-2016) Jeremy Oliver

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Shadowfax Pinkcliffs Heathcote Shiraz 2002

18.7 (95 points); Drink: 2010 - 2014+  Jeremy Oliver

Rich, deep structure; multi-faceted black fruits; full-bodied; ripe tannins, subtle oak influence. Rating: 94 points. Drink: 2027. Price: $70. James Halliday, Wine Companion

Shadowfax Pink Cliffs Heathcote Shiraz 2002 ($67) screwcap: A long sail of fine, mature tannin sets the class of this wine – buy it, put it in the cellar, and forget about it for 10 years. It’s deep and profound, punts jubes and aniseed and mint and minerals the length of your tongue, shows elements of coal throughout, and is never a finger near being over the top. The balance, poise and styling here is impeccable, despite the dreaded mint/eucalypt making an appearance. Drink: 2010-2020. 93 points. Winefront Monthly

The Pink Cliffs is more elegant, sappy, spicy and succulent. At $60-ish a bottle, these are amongst the areas (Heathcote) most expensive wines, but they fully justify the price. Max Allen The Australian Weekend Magazine November 27-28, 2004

Deep crimson red with a bright edge. Pure Shiraz fruit, underlying aromas of five spice, pepper and earth. A highly flavoured wine with intense black fruits, cassis, tar and spice. The tannins are fine and add another dimension of flavour while oak is barely discernible. Bright and taut as a young wine, this is a more savoury expression of Shiraz which needs time in bottle to grow. Cellar for 10+ years.

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Shadowfax Pinkcliffs Heathcote Shiraz 2004

Firm, linear and substantial, this deeply fruited and powerful shiraz will flesh out over time. Its musky perfume of dark plums, berries and meaty undertones is lifted by heady aromas of pepper and spice. Steeped in sumptuous flavours of black berries, plums and dark chocolate, its brooding and deeply layered palate is framed by a drying cut of powdery astringency, finishing long and savoury. (Heathcote, $65 retail, approx., 18.3/94, drink 2016-2024) Jeremy Oliver

Shadowfax Heathcote Pink Cliffs Shiraz 2004 ($65) screwcap: Far more boisterous and cuddly than the One Eye - this is a velvety mouthful of fun. Blackberries, Ribena, licorice, eucalyptus, cedarwood, all of which flows unfettered towards a long, supple, fruity finish. Perfect balance.  Lovely drink. Drink: 2007-2013. 92 points. Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

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Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2012

The 2012 has lovely fresh aromatics of red berries, which is followed on the palate by intense pure fruit notes including raspberry and blueberry. The palate is long and layered, with ample fine tannins, and background notes of clove and black pepper.

Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2014, London.

2012 has given birth to one of the great Shaw + Smith Shirazes, and one of the benchmarks of the Adelaide Hills. Finely textured and immaculately poised, fleshy black cherries, black plums and liquorice unite in an elegantly medium-bodied style accented with layers of black pepper and game, reinforced by a small influence of whole bunch fermentation. Finely textured tannin structure and outstanding persistence point to a confident future. Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer

2012 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz Once again this wine delivers plenty. It’s very rich in flavour an deep in colour, reflecting the vintage, but it’s still vibrant and very expressive. There’s a touch of spice and the tannins are fine, but the great strength of the wine is its long silky palate. Rating: Outstanding; Lester Jesberg

Shaw and Smith started in 1989 and has runs on the board aplenty but its best is yet ahead of it. It is building to be a classic Australian wine producer. This 2012 shiraz release adds to that impression. It feels so plush in the mouth. And yet so elegant. And yet so tannic. Generous but bright. Has some pepper. Cherry plum. Oak polishes it up beautifully. Tannin makes a firm strike but then curls out through the finish. Beautifully presented Adelaide Hills shiraz, in all respects. Clean, spicy, fruit-driven, firm. Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $44; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2017 - 2024+Rated : 94+ Points; The Wine Front

Shaw and Smith are arguably best known for their quintessential expression of Sauvignon Blanc and their layered and complex M3 Chardonnay, however their Shiraz continues to impress and highlights the subtlety and fruit driven nature of the best Australian cool climate Shiraz. The 2012 Shiraz was sourced from Balhannah and Macclesfield vineyards with yield's being lower than average, which is certainly evident in the finished wine given the intense red and blue fruit characters. In terms of colour the wine is a medium red with youthful purple hues towards the rim, the nose gives crushed raspberry and savoury cherry fruits that are backed by a suggestion of oak. The palate highlights the fruit driven nature and sheer concentration of the wine, tightly bound and structured red berry fruits are completed by integrated drying tannins; another dimension is added by baking spices and a touch of liquorice on the finish. This wine is just a baby and given time in the bottle will continue to develop secondary characters. A superb wine. Rating: 95 Points; Reviewed by Patrick Eckel; Purchased Grapes

For my money, this has become one of the more anticipated Australian releases each calendar year. The 2006 and 2010 vintages were excellent and this is of a similar standard. When it shows a little black and white pepper you pretty much know it’s on song. Medium-bodied and in a cool climate mode. Violets, raspberry, roast beef and some blue fruits. Dark chocolate and clove oak is already swallowed up. Lithe but not skinny. Proportioned might be the word for it. A seam of mineral acidity and the kind of tight, assertive tannin I wish we saw more of in this country’s Shiraz wines. The score is probably conservative and may need to be revised in three to five years time. It should live quite a bit longer than that as well. Region: Adelaide Hills; Alcohol: 13.5%; Closure: Screwcap; Price: $44; Tasted: November 2013; Rating: 94 Points; Jeremy Pringle

Aromas of flowers, peppery spice, summer berry pudding, and barely there oak herald a silky palate of real concentration. Finely tuned backbone of tannins. (Screw cap; 13.5%) Value Good; Ageing? Yes, two to 10 years. Food ideas Beef fillet; roasted vegetables with cous cous, toasted almonds and dried fruit. Rating: 94 Points; Ralph Kyte-Powell; The Age
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Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2012 375ml

The 2012 has lovely fresh aromatics of red berries, which is followed on the palate by intense pure fruit notes including raspberry and blueberry. The palate is long and layered, with ample fine tannins, and background notes of clove and black pepper.
 
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2014, London.
 
2012 has given birth to one of the great Shaw + Smith Shirazes, and one of the benchmarks of the Adelaide Hills. Finely textured and immaculately poised, fleshy black cherries, black plums and liquorice unite in an elegantly medium-bodied style accented with layers of black pepper and game, reinforced by a small influence of whole bunch fermentation. Finely textured tannin structure and outstanding persistence point to a confident future. Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer
 
2012 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz Once again this wine delivers plenty. It’s very rich in flavour an deep in colour, reflecting the vintage, but it’s still vibrant and very expressive. There’s a touch of spice and the tannins are fine, but the great strength of the wine is its long silky palate. Rating: Outstanding; Lester Jesberg
 
Shaw and Smith started in 1989 and has runs on the board aplenty but its best is yet ahead of it. It is building to be a classic Australian wine producer. This 2012 shiraz release adds to that impression. It feels so plush in the mouth. And yet so elegant. And yet so tannic. Generous but bright. Has some pepper. Cherry plum. Oak polishes it up beautifully. Tannin makes a firm strike but then curls out through the finish. Beautifully presented Adelaide Hills shiraz, in all respects. Clean, spicy, fruit-driven, firm. Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $44; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2017 - 2024+Rated : 94+ Points; The Wine Front
 
Shaw and Smith are arguably best known for their quintessential expression of Sauvignon Blanc and their layered and complex M3 Chardonnay, however their Shiraz continues to impress and highlights the subtlety and fruit driven nature of the best Australian cool climate Shiraz. The 2012 Shiraz was sourced from Balhannah and Macclesfield vineyards with yield's being lower than average, which is certainly evident in the finished wine given the intense red and blue fruit characters. In terms of colour the wine is a medium red with youthful purple hues towards the rim, the nose gives crushed raspberry and savoury cherry fruits that are backed by a suggestion of oak. The palate highlights the fruit driven nature and sheer concentration of the wine, tightly bound and structured red berry fruits are completed by integrated drying tannins; another dimension is added by baking spices and a touch of liquorice on the finish. This wine is just a baby and given time in the bottle will continue to develop secondary characters. A superb wine. Rating: 95 Points; Reviewed by Patrick Eckel; Purchased Grapes
 
For my money, this has become one of the more anticipated Australian releases each calendar year. The 2006 and 2010 vintages were excellent and this is of a similar standard. When it shows a little black and white pepper you pretty much know it’s on song. Medium-bodied and in a cool climate mode. Violets, raspberry, roast beef and some blue fruits. Dark chocolate and clove oak is already swallowed up. Lithe but not skinny. Proportioned might be the word for it. A seam of mineral acidity and the kind of tight, assertive tannin I wish we saw more of in this country’s Shiraz wines. The score is probably conservative and may need to be revised in three to five years time. It should live quite a bit longer than that as well. Region: Adelaide Hills; Alcohol: 13.5%; Closure: Screwcap; Price: $44; Tasted: November 2013; Rating: 94 Points; Jeremy Pringle
 
Aromas of flowers, peppery spice, summer berry pudding, and barely there oak herald a silky palate of real concentration. Finely tuned backbone of tannins. (Screw cap; 13.5%) Value Good; Ageing? Yes, two to 10 years. Food ideas Beef fillet; roasted vegetables with cous cous, toasted almonds and dried fruit. Rating: 94 Points; Ralph Kyte-Powell; The Age
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Snake & Herring Business Time Shiraz 2011

Deep, bright purple-crimson; built to live and evolve over decades; given prolonged time on skins post fermentation and aged for 17 months in 38% new French oak puncheons. It is unashamedly full-bodied, with layer-upon-layer of plum, licorice/anise and quality oak, the tannins ripe, but to the fore right now. Rating: 96 Points James Halliday

95 Points Ray Jordan

Exotic spice, black fruit, meat, pepper, dark chocolate – abundant display of regionality here. Medium bodied, young and unevolved, with chewy furry tannin, ample volume of dark cherry flavour and particularly attractive unforced acidity. Sensitive oak treatment too. Savoury, meaty and long. Heaps of charisma and maybe a few tricks left. Rating: 92+ Points Gary Walsh
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