Shiraz

Premium Wines  |  2001 Shiraz

Robert M. Parker, The Wine Advocate – Issue 138, 92 points

One of McLaren Vale's top growers, Don Oliver has cropped these shiraz at extremely small yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre. Winemaker Corrina Rayment (daughter of Colin Rayment from Kays, the famed McLaren Vale winery known for their old vine shiraz) has fashioned a 2001 Shiraz that may be controversial given its fragrant Cotes du Rhone-like nose of damp earth, ground pepper and composty black cherry and currant notes with a touch of licorice and truffles in the background. The complex aromatics are followed by dense, medium to full-bodied, ripe, opulently-styled wine. Although evolved and forward, it is beautifully balanced and capable of another 7-8 years of top flight drinking.

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Closure

Cork

Grape Variety

95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Region

100% McLaren Vale

Colour

Deep maroon.

Aroma

Dark chocolate and fresh vanilla beans, lifted dark fruits and spice.

Palate

Rich and mouth-filling with generous dark fruits, ripe tannin, complimentary sweet oak nuances.

Cellaring Potential

6-8 years

Maturation

1/3 new American and French oak, 2/3 various age American and French oak for 18 months

Alcohol%/Vol

14.5% - approx. 8.6 standard drinks

Winemaker

Corrina Rayment, 6th Generation family member

Date Bottled

11th December 2002

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