Australian Shiraz

Greenock Creek

Creek Block Shiraz 2005

David T
9.4

Tonight is a continuation of a walk down wine region visit memory lane. However, this one is a do over bottle. You see, our April 17 visit was ill timed, we visited when they were sold out of all good vintages. We were poured a lot of very green vegetal wines...a fair amount of 11??? I am happy to say this bottle is a substantially better experience. However, still at least 5-8 years early on the 05 and will last another 15-20 years properly stored.

The nose reveals; plumy & somewhat jammy fruits, alcohol vapors, ripe blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, baked strawberries, blue fruits, cooked rhubarb to pomegranate, anise/black licorice, mixed dark berry pie, steeped fruit teas, black pepper, dark spices, sandstone/limestone, dry crushed rocks, very dry herb presence, dark fruit jam, dry underbrush/stems, moist clay, cherry kirsch notes, dark fruit roll ups with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed in lavender & violets.

The mouthfeel is simply, ripe, jammy, rich & lush. The tannins are dark, chewy, tarry with adolescent teeth. The tension & structure have just started their beautiful integration but, have some years to go. The balance & length are closer to their top yet, will also benefit from a few more years in bottle. She is a ripe elegant beauty with alcohol & dark spice heat. Stewed plumy & somewhat jammy fruits, some alcohol heat but, not detracting, ripe blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, baked strawberries, blue fruits, raspberries, cooked rhubarb to pomegranate, anise/black licorice, mixed dark berry pie, steeped fruit teas, black pepper, baking spices, fresh tobacco, used leather, dark spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon stick with just the right amount of vanilla, salted caramel, sandstone/limestone, lightly grilled meats, dry crushed rocks, very dry herb presence, dark fruit jam, dark chocolate, sweet tarry notes, oak barrel char, dry underbrush/stems, dry top soil, moist clay, cherry kirsch notes, dark fruit roll ups with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed in lavender & violets. The acidity is near perfect. It is a fresh river stream on the palate. The long finish is; ripe, dark fruits, well balanced with dry earth tones, dark spice with heat, elegance, delicious and persists endlessly.

Photos of; their tasting room bar, old wood fruit basket press, entrance sign and a long view of the Estate and vines.
— 13 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Ira Schwartz I’m fairly sure they did but not 100%. They were certainly trying to. There had been a lot of Chinese purchases in the Barossa in the past 12 months.
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@Bob McDonald Thanks. I was totally unaware of the Chinese interest in the Barossa.
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Bob is correct on both accounts. The Waugh’s did not sell. At least, yet. The Chinese have had great interest in Barossa, Bordeaux & Napa.

Two Hands

Angels' Share McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018

This wine offers a nose of black and blue berries, shoe leather and a hint of black olives. It’s a deep, rich bouquet. The flavors are similarly dark, with berries leading the way again. Black pepper and a nutmeg note also appear, with the fruit staying long on the finish. There is a good tannic structure, easily enough for a steak or beef stew. The oak regimen was nearly all used barrels, so the oak effect is quite nice, not a bit overdone.
— 11 days ago

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Henschke

Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz 2010

This exceeded expectations. On the nose there is aroma of potpourri and garrigue mixed with blood scents and concentrated notes of dried cranberries. On the palette this is concentrated,intense. Loads of fruits, soft tannins and sweet licorice. Very well structured and multi-layered. Excellent. — 4 days ago

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Paringa Estate

Sparkling Shiraz 2016

Very good value and totally comfy wine. Pretty to look at and not challenging on the palate which is not to say it doesn’t pack a berry-rich punch with the barest hint at savory under all. Plush dry tannins. Plush bod. And jam but make it dry. — 11 days ago

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@Ellen Clifford Is that from the Mornington Peninsula Victoria, Ellen?
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It’s from the state of South Australia! Phylloxera-free. But it did not specify a subregion...

Schild Estate

Barossa Shiraz 2003

Still got some oomph even at 12 years old! Enjoyable with mostly secondary and tertiary notes detected! — 2 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2012

This was enticing. Silky smooth Shiraz with some liquorish and coco on the nose. Blackberry and expresso drove the palate. Well integrated tannins. Yesss. More please — a day ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Shiraz 2002

Another Valentines Day treat after the Ruinart. Dark dark Ruby in colour. Trademark Wendouree menthol/eucalyptus also some mint, gravel, blackberry and a tarry creosote element. On the medium to full bodied palate there are concentrated berry tarry and. Mineral flavours. Wonderful texture and tannin regime. Barb found the wine a little porty and I must admit not everyone goes gaga over Wendouree. From vines planted in 1893 and 1919. — 6 days ago

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Arden Barnett

Arden Barnett

Dream wine. Cheers!
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@Arden Barnett Yes - quite a rare bird even in this country.

Penfolds

Grange South Australia Shiraz 1996

September 2019 TWG tasting through a Grange vertical. Given the age range, most were coming into a sweet spot, while the youngest of the bunch was still a baby a decade in. All excellent examples of the label, with the best in my mind more akin to a top-tier St. Joseph with violet, leather, and heavy blue/black fruit. — 5 months ago

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Glaetzer

Amon-Ra Barossa Valley Unfiltered Shiraz

2005 vintage. Surprisingly fresh and lively, considering its age. Fresh red and dark fruit flavors of black cherry, raspberry coulis, baked blueberry, red currant with little dill-type herbalness, mocha, old cigar box. Lots of complexity and seems like it still had time to go. Valentine Wine! — 5 days ago

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Battle of Bosworth

McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009

Rich ruby/purple in colour. A very Aussie Shiraz Cabernet blend. Actual percentages 60/40. Red and black ripe fruits with mulberry and blackberry with a spicy chorizo type nose. Sweetish palate of blackberry. See previous notes for the partial “Amarone” treatment of the grapes. A full bodied red. This producer has been organic and biodynamic for some time in McLaren Vale. One of the 1001 Wines. — 16 days ago

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