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Passing Clouds Shiraz Bendigo Reserve 2003

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2003 Passing Clouds Reserve Shiraz Bendigo92ptsRP: "An outstanding Shiraz from the cooler-climate region of Bendigo, this blockbuster 2003 was aged for 12 months in American hogsheads. It boasts an opaque blue/purple hue as well as a big, rich perfume of camphor interwoven with blueberries and blackberries, opulent, full-bodied flavors, superb depth, a chewy texture, and a long finish with plenty of heady glycerin and alcohol (15.3%). It should drink well for 7-10 years."winery notes: In 1974 Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon planted the first vines at Passing Clouds in Kingower, Central Victoria, 60 kilometres north-west of Bendigo.Sheltered by hills of ironbark forest, the valley offers an ideal growing climate for premium red wine. Low rainfall and no irrigation combined with well drained deep soil produce small intensely flavoured berries with a richly coloured juice.The main varieties planted on the fifteen acre vineyard are shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot noir. Additional varieties are sourced from local grapegrowers.Passing Clouds is a small hands on operation using traditional winemaking techniques. After picking by hand, the juice is fermented in open stainless steel vats, hand plunged and then matured for twelve months in oak puncheons before estate bottling.

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Passing Clouds Pty Ltd:
The story begins in 1973 when Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon great friends and partners decided that they wanted even more challenges in life than were possible for them in their careers as electrical contractor and journalist; Graeme was the electrical contractor. They wanted to brave the elements, face the challenges of the land, and like so many before them pursue the holy grail of ‘the best... Read more
The story begins in 1973 when Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon great friends and partners decided that they wanted even more challenges in life than were possible for them in their careers as electrical contractor and journalist; Graeme was the electrical contractor. They wanted to brave the elements, face the challenges of the land, and like so many before them pursue the holy grail of ‘the best wine in the world’. They didn’t want it to be dependent on pesticides or insecticides so they chose a site in a dry area north west of Bendigo on old gold diggings, where the soil had been dug over a hundred and twenty years before by goldminers. There they planted their vines, initially shiraz and cabernet sauvignon to make a classic Aussie blend. They were successful, and the first wine they showed at the Melbourne Wine Show, the 1982 shiraz cabernet won gold. Since then the vineyards produce has won numerous medals for magnificent wines, presently including not only the predominant Graeme’s Blend shiraz cabernet, but The Angel, a cabernet sauvignon merlot cab franc, some spectacular shirazes, and over the last few years the pinot noir made from Coldstream grapes. White wines are made too, but Passing Clouds is famous for its reds, reds of great character, individuality and superb quality. As one wine writer said ‘I have a lot of sample bottles on my table at the end of the day, but whenever there’s Passing Clouds, it’s the one we drink with dinner.’ Read less

2003 Passing Clouds Reserve Shiraz Bendigo92ptsRP: "An outstanding Shiraz from the cooler-climate region of Bendigo, this blockbuster 2003 was aged for 12 months in American hogsheads. It boasts an opaque blue/purple hue as well as a big, rich perfume of camphor interwoven with blueberries and blackberries, opulent, full-bodied flavors, superb depth, a chewy texture, and a long finish with plenty of heady glycerin and alcohol (15.3%). It should drink well for 7-10 years."winery notes: In 1974 Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon planted the first vines at Passing Clouds in Kingower, Central Victoria, 60 kilometres north-west of Bendigo.Sheltered by hills of ironbark forest, the valley offers an ideal growing climate for premium red wine. Low rainfall and no irrigation combined with well drained deep soil produce small intensely flavoured berries with a richly coloured juice.The main varieties planted on the fifteen acre vineyard are shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot noir. Additional varieties are sourced from local grapegrowers.Passing Clouds is a small hands on operation using traditional winemaking techniques. After picking by hand, the juice is fermented in open stainless steel vats, hand plunged and then matured for twelve months in oak puncheons before estate bottling.

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