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Fox Creek Shiraz Mclaren Vale Reserve 2000

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Full of fruits and with a great body

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Fox Creek Wines Pty Ltd:
It all began when a group of medicos decided to realise a lifelong passion - creating a wine from bare earth and sunshine. The earth was found at McLaren Vale, one of South Australia's premier wine regions, renowned worldwide for its Shiraz and other red wines. The sunshine was free. Between them and their families Fox Creek Wines was born and they could not have even guessed what a success ... Read more
It all began when a group of medicos decided to realise a lifelong passion - creating a wine from bare earth and sunshine. The earth was found at McLaren Vale, one of South Australia's premier wine regions, renowned worldwide for its Shiraz and other red wines. The sunshine was free. Between them and their families Fox Creek Wines was born and they could not have even guessed what a success their venture would be. When Jim and Helen Watts bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they were advised against planting vines as the soils were heavy clay. The property had previously been used for growing barley and grazing sheep. Undeterred by the sceptics, they selected and planted fine quality cuttings and nurtured the young vines. Their labours bore fruit - extraordinary good quality fruit - that was lovingly converted into supreme quality wines. Under the skilled guidance of the winemakers, the wines came to life! Leader of the pack and the first wine made at Fox Creek was their 1994 Shiraz, which won the Trophy for the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show in 1995. Success has continued and Fox Creek now markets single varietal wines from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (Duet), Shiraz and Cabernet Franc (JSM), Shiraz and Grenache, and a sparkling Shiraz Cabernet Franc (Vixen). The white wines produced are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a Verdelho. Since Fox Creek was established, many of their wines have been recognised by being awarded both Trophies and Gold Medals from National and Regional Wine Shows. The details all shown in the individual tasting notes for each wine. In 2003, a new label in a lower price bracket was introduced by Fox Creek named 'Shadow's run' named after the vineyard Border Collie Shadow. The first wine released under this label was a 2001 Shiraz Cabernet, blended as a soft, full flavoured and spicy wine. The Red Baron Shiraz flew onto the shelves in 2006. It is Fox Creek Wines third Shiraz and has a rich soft entry which leads into a blend of red berry, cherry and plum fruits framed with smooth ripe tannins. Read less

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Vintage: 1998 02/23/2008

Full of fruits and with a great body


External Reviews for Fox Creek Shiraz Mclaren Vale Reserve

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Saturated ruby. Sappy crushed blackberry aroma lifted by floral and minty components. Urgent dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors offer great sappy freshness and verve. There's nothing raisiny about this nearly painfully delineated Shiraz. Extraordinarily penetrating, firmly tannic finish. Aged in American oak but oak was the last thing I noticed. Extraordinary juice.


External Review
04/18/2013

This one goes for all the intensity and depth it can muster. It could have been too much of a muchness, but it’s impressive for its deftness. Ripe and rich, it’s generous with dark plum, berry and black pepper flavors, finishing supple and round, letting the flavors echo beautifully. Drink now through 2012.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright, saturated dark ruby. Extravagantly ripe aromas of dark berries, mocha, licorice, road tar and shoe polish. Lush, urgent, very concentrated dark berry and mint flavors are given clarity by bright acids. Powerfully structured to age. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and impressive persistence. Among the two or three most impressive examples of Australian Shiraz I've stated this year.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 1997 Shiraz Reserve conceals its nearly 15% alcohol behind a cascade of incredibly rich, concentrated fruit. This wine sees only new American oak, in contrast to the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is aged in 100% French oak. It boasts an opaque black/purple color in addition to knock-out aromas of melted asphalt, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Cherry jam notes also emerge in the flavors. Unctuously-textured, incredibly ripe, pure and full-bodied, this wine would make even Australia's Grange look wimpish. It tasted side by side. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

A huge mouthful of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum, with a hint of licorice. Prominant tannins offer a good counterpoise to all that fruit, while nutmeg and vanilla oak characters complement its spiciness. The length of flavor is extraordinary and perfectly balanced by the acidity.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A huge mouthful of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum, with a hint of licorice. Prominant tannins offer a good counterpoise to all that fruit, while nutmeg and vanilla oak characters complement its spiciness. The length of flavour is extraordinary and perfectly balanced by the acidity.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

This one goes for all the intensity and depth it can muster. It could have been too much of a muchness, but itandrsquo;s impressive for its deftness. Ripe and rich, itandrsquo;s generous with dark plum, berry and black pepper flavors, finishing supple and round, letting the flavors echo beautifully. Drink now through 2012.


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