2003 Passing Clouds Reserve Shiraz Bendigo92ptsRP: "An outstanding Shiraz from the cooler-climate region of Bendigo, ...Read more...
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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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