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Lengs & Cooter Shiraz Blend Clare Valley the Victor 2005

Member Review by jasonkauf:

Powerhouse fruit bomb --- nose of Nehi Grape Juice that just tasted fruiter and fruitier after opening up.

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Lengs & Cooter Pty Ltd:
The following article (with a couple of minor corrections) was written at about the time Colin Cooter & Karel Lengs launched into their partnership, and outlines the early history of Lengs & Cooter. "Sometimes a hobby can get away from you. What starts as a part time dabbling in this or that, just grows and grows until one day it's a profession. For two South Australians, Karel Lengs, a Projec... Read more
The following article (with a couple of minor corrections) was written at about the time Colin Cooter & Karel Lengs launched into their partnership, and outlines the early history of Lengs & Cooter. "Sometimes a hobby can get away from you. What starts as a part time dabbling in this or that, just grows and grows until one day it's a profession. For two South Australians, Karel Lengs, a Project Manager with Telstra, and Colin Cooter from the building trade, that's how it went. "In the early '80s they were among a dozen or so friends who decided, after several glasses, that it mightn't be a bad idea to make their own wine. They formed an informal club called 'Bach D'Or' and got down to work. Through a network of friendships, family attachments and the like, they bought some Grenache grapes from a small grower at McLaren Vale. The Olive Hill winery lent them facilities and, amid much hilarity, a wine was made. Someone suggested they put it in an amateur wine makers' show and, much to everybody's surprise, it won a bronze medal. "The early success stimulated the group to bigger and better things. Together they bought parcels of grapes; here and there, sometimes from small plots inaccessible to the mechanical harvesters used by the big makers. Whatever equipment they could beg borrow was pressed into service - a garage became a winery, a milk vat an open fermenter. "Apart from drinking their fruits of their labour, the Bach D'Or mob successfully entered several of their wines in shows run by the Amateur Winemakers Association. Trophies and medals followed. Lengs and Cooter were hooked. While keen to maintain their amateur links, they wanted to become a bit more professional. A few short courses in wine making put them on the right track, and eventually they decided to get a licence to produce wine commercially. "Their methods were an appealing mix of professionalism and 'seat-of-the-pants' stuff. Limited resources still meant borrowed equipment and winery space, but generous advice from people like Doug Bowen, Wayne Dutschke and John Monten helped a lot. "The first Lengs and Cooter wine, a 1993 Shiraz grown near Sevenhill in South Australia's Clare Valley, recently arrived in Victoria. The Clare is long famous for hearty Shiraz and this wine, from vines with an average age of 80 years, epitomizes the district style. The nose is intense with hints of black cherry, cranberry, tar and subdued oakiness. A full-bodied wine, it has typical savoury Clare Shiraz flavour, reminiscent of blackberry and licorice, with a good balance of wood. Hearty winter fare, casseroles and pies, would match it well. The 'amateurs' are making wine to be proud of." Read less

Member Reviews for Lengs & Cooter Shiraz Blend Clare Valley the Victor

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Snooth User: jasonkauf
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3.50 5
02/17/2009

Powerhouse fruit bomb --- nose of Nehi Grape Juice that just tasted fruiter and fruitier after opening up.


Snooth User: RPerro
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3.50 5
04/11/2009

Decanted 2 hours. Very dark-dark burgundy color with a purple tint. First sniff was BIG oak (GV: Oak Monster!), unpleasantly so. Just wood, wood and more wood. Time in the decanter has mellowed the oak out quite nicely. Now, smells of candied blackberries and blueberries are more front and center, with the vanilla oak fading into the background. Very sweet on the palate, again with the blackberries, vanilla oak, and a somewhat hot, bitter finish that sticks around awhile in the back of my thoat. Not too bad, but not a great wine either. Time in the decanter definitely helped. Going to let the rest sit out overnight and try again tomorrow.


Snooth User: chadrich
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4.00 5
08/26/2008

One of my favorite sub-$20 choices. Big and full with loads of rich jammy fruit. Well balanced with tannins and alcohol both in-check.


External Reviews for Lengs & Cooter Shiraz Blend Clare Valley the Victor

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A good value, the 2003 The Victor (85% Shiraz, 12% Grenache, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, abundant amounts of pepper, spice, black currants, and tobacco characteristics, fine ripeness, a big, supple texture, and medium to full body. Consume it over the next 3ndash;4 years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Deep, dark red-ruby. Vibrant spicy, peppery aromas of sweet black and red cherries and freshly picked dark plum, with an undercurrent of sweet vanillin oak. Moderately rich and stylish, with fleshy flavors of minty cherry, berry and plum wound tightly around a spine of racy acids and bony tannins. Subtle earth and undergrowth elements add pleasing complexity.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Dark red. Warm raspberry and blackberry liqueur aromas are complemented by light tar and licorice. Dark fruit flavors are firmed by chewy tannins and pick up a bitter chocolate quality on the close. Plenty sweet, but with good structure and persistence.


External Review
05/18/2011

A good value, the 2003 The Victor (85% Shiraz, 12% Grenache, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, abundant amounts of pepper, spice, black currants, and tobacco characteristics, fine ripeness, a big, supple texture, and medium to full body. Consume it over the next 3-4 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Bright and refined, with pretty blackberry, pepper, floral and beefy aromas and flavors, finishing in harmony. Shiraz and Grenache. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A terrific value, the 2005 The Victor is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Grenache that was aged in neutral American and French 300 liter hogsheads. Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by a big, peppery, plum, and cassis-scented nose with background hints of white chocolate and herbs. Richly fruity, medium to full-bodied, and supple-textured, it is a hedonistic Australian red to drink over the next 3ndash;4 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

So often an Australian Shiraz is just a shadow of its former self at five or six years old. The Victor Shiraz is still definitely Australian, but leaning toward the old world with a taste of charcuterie (sausage). This taste sets it apart from most other Australian Shiraz in the price range.


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