External Reviews for Passing Clouds Shiraz Bendigo Reserve
Lean and firm, with black plum, smoke and cedar flavors that persist into the tart finish. Seems tightly wound now, but therersquo;s plenty to develop with time. Best after 2008.
A bold, fruit-driven style of Shiraz, but one that doesn't sacrifice complexity, as it retains hints of earth and spice that give its brambly blackberry flavors even greater appeal. At over 15% alcohol, it's a big wine, but there's no detectable heat, and the coffee-tinged finish is long and dusty. Drink now-2015.
Lean and firm, with black plum, smoke and cedar flavors that persist into the tart finish. Seems tightly wound now, but thereandrsquo;s plenty to develop with time. Best after 2008.
Medium ruby. Explosive red berry-scented nose shows an amazing array of floral notes, especially white rose and magnolia. Silky-smooth on the palate, with spicy raspberry and red currant flavors and a touch of cinnamon toast. Finishes supple and elegant, without any rough edges or herbal qualities. Very sexy stuff.
Central Victorian reds tend toward crisp textures, but seldom get the ripe flavors evident in this bottling from one of the true stars among the Shiraz producers of the region. Crisp and vibrant, the wine has real stature. It's jazzy with bright blackberry and pepper flavors that echo appealingly on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2008.
The finest wine I have yet tasted from Passing Clouds (trust me, this is not some sort of scatological humor), the 2002 Shiraz Reserve boasts a deep purple color as well as an explosive bouquet of blackberries and smoke. This plump, fleshy, rich, full-bodied red spent nearly a year in American oak hogsheads, of which a small percentage were new. Pure and beautifully layered, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade.
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