Barossa Shiraz is one of the great wine styles of the world and it was only natural that after five years of making mataro in the Barossa we should also try our hand at shiraz. 2012 Caillard Shiraz is our first vintage. Our idea is to make something completely different but something that would capture the essence of the Barossa. Caillard Shiraz 2012 has a deep blood red, blue tinged, colour. It is beautifully perfumed with dark cherry, blueberry aromas and ginger, vanilla oak notes. The palate is well concentrated, elegantly proportioned and flavourful, with pure dark cherry fruit, blueberry flavours, fine looseknit but fine-grained tannins, underlying savoury oak and superb flavour length. It’s drinking well now and will only continue to build up more richness and fruit complexity over time as the elements further infuse.
Following an extended 16 month maturation in barrel, the evenness and suppleness in fruit and flavour across all components was simply amazing. Pulling the wine together prior to bottling was easy; the voice of the vineyard and the wine was naturally compelling. The fruit is sourced from a single vineyard on the western edge of the Barossa Valley, comprising mature colonial vinestock material, including the highly aromatic 19th Century Chateau Tahbilk selection. 2012 was a lovely vintage in the Barossa with an almost perfect and long- growing season. The colours, flavours and textures were superb.
A more elegant Barossa shiraz, Caillard smells of dark berries with light peppery and floral elements. Medium bodied. Still very young, but a picture of harmony. (Screw cap; 14 per cent alcohol.) Ageing? Two to 10 years. Food ideas: Herbed roast veal; beef ﬁllet. Score: 94 Points, Good Value; Indulge yourself; Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Wine Guide
The ﬁrst release from Caillard using the Barossa Valley’s second best red grape. Dark cherry and boysenberry, mocha and spice with a subtle sort of vanilla, almost jasmine scented, perfume. Medium to full bodied with juicy cherry pip acidity and grainy ‘al dente’ tannin that fans out and runs silty on the ﬁnish. The balance and drinking force is strong in this one. Not a blockbuster, a wine of subtle charm and effortless drinking appeal. Lovely. Rated: 94 Points; Tasted: Oct 13; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $50; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2013 – 2020+ Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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