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Cimicky, Charles - Shiraz Reserve 2005
Remarkably, the 2005 Shiraz Reserve is even better than the Autograph. It spent 14 months in new oak, 60% French and 40% American. It, too, coats the glass with a thick purple film. Purple/black, it gives up a splendid perfume of cedar, Asian spices, pepper, violets, bacon, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate the wine is dense and plush, admirably combining elegance and power. There are gobs of sweet blue and black fruits, ripe tannins, and a pure, 60-second finish. Give it 3-4 years to blossom and drink it through 2025.
Price: 112 €
RP
95

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Poonawatta Estate - The 1880 Shiraz 2003
Made from a 120-year-old dry-farmed vineyard (one of Australia's oldest vineyards), this classic effort possesses a European like structure. Fashioned by winemaker Reid Bosward it was aged in French oak casks of which one third were new. This full-bodied, inky/purple-hued Shiraz exhibits notes of lead pencil shavings, smoke, champhor, black currants and blackberries. With great purity, stature, and intensity as well as full body, and surprising definition and length, it requires 3-4 years of cellaring; it should age for 12-15 years. The pricing is bold, but how often do you get to taste a compelling wine from 120-year-old vines?
Price: 215 €
RP
96

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Poonawatta Estate - The 1880 Shiraz 2002
This is the debut release from this estate. From a vineyard planted in the late 1880s, this beautiful Shiraz was aged completely in French oak. Reminiscent of a French Hermitage, it exhibits an opaque purple color along with a perfume of lilacs, minerals, and measured creme de cassis. Pure and elegant, with austere tannin, great persistence, and a tremendous finish, this striking Shiraz is similar to a single vineyard Chapoutier Hermitage such as Le Pavillon. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.
Price: 194 €
RP
95

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Hazyblur - Shiraz McLaren Vale 2005
The 2005 Shiraz McLaren Vale comes from vines with a minimum of 40 years of age. It was aged in American oak, 40% new. This saturated purple wine reveals a complex aromatic array of toasty oak, mocha, espresso, tar, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. It is muscular and expansive in the mouth, with gobs of spicy blue and black fruits, ripe tannins, and excellent length. It will profit from 4-6 years in the cellar and provide pleasurable drinking through 2025.
Price: 82 €
RP
93

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Gibson - Shiraz Old Vine Collection 2004
A blockbuster, the 2004 Shiraz Old Vine Collection is 100% Shiraz made from an amazing parcel of 140-year-old vines. It is a broodingly rich, backward, formidably endowed, dense ruby/purple-hued Shiraz boasting a huge, spicy, smoky nose, rich, sweet, blackberry and cassis fruit as well as hints of melted road tar, pepper, and flowers. This is a full-throttle Barossa Shiraz with a relatively modest alcohol content (14.4%). Given the richness, extract, and sweetness of the tannins, it can be drunk young or cellared for 15+ years.
Price: 143 €
RP
95

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

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