Annie's Lane Shiraz Clare Valley Copper Trail 2002
"The Copper Trail" was a route forged by prospectors following the discovery of copper at Burra in the late 1840's. The Copper Trail passed through the Clare Valley just south of Watervale through land on which the vineyards of Annie's Lane today produce some of the region's finest wines. Copper Trail Cabernet Shiraz is made with a minimal intervention approach, retaining and enhancing the natural expression of the fruit. Small batch open fermenters were used to keep vineyard parcels separate, allowing the winemaker to maintain and develop the unique characteristics of each vineyard. Some parcels finished fermentation in oak while others were left to macerate on skins for up to 14 days after completion of fermentation. The wines were gently pressed into a combination of new and one-year old French oak barrels to mature for 24 months. The 2002 vintage had late winter rains and reasonable flower set. The cooler summer ensured a late, long vintage, enabling the fruit to develop intense color and flavor, plenty of fruit depth and fine structure. These conditions were ideal to produce exceptional fruit perfect for crafting a Copper Trail Shiraz. This wine is a culmination of the very best fruit the Clare Valley has to offer, with vineyards selected for their highly distinctive characters. The result is a wine displaying complexity of flavor and structure, with the individual vineyard attributes layered together to achieve a balanced and synergistic whole. Annie's Lane Copper Trail Cabernet Sauvignon reflects vineyards selected for their distinctive character and will reward for up to 10 years.
Annie Wayman was a legend in the Clare Valley. She could always be relied upon to bring along sandwiches and a warm drink to harvesters and pruners in the vineyard at the turn of the 20th century. One evening, Annie's horse and cart got bogged in a lane adjacent to one of the valley's best vineyards. Thus, Annie's Lane was born.
A drinkable red wine, but has no personality to recommend it. Earthy overtones, herbaceous nose with some muted blackberry flavours, some tannins & some spice. We drank the 2002 in 2007 and its not going to develop any further, so drink now if you must. We paid £10, it’s really worth about £4. 14% alcohol