External Reviews for Passing Clouds Shiraz Bendigo Reserve
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.
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.
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.
Dark red. Intense, focused aromas of red berries, plum, kirsch and exotic spices. Energetic and juicy, with powerful and well-delineated flavors of strawberry preserves, sweet cherry and fresh herbs. Expands and deepens with aeration, finishing with superb thrust to its sweet red fruit flavors. Gentle tannins provide support. This was raised completely in older hogsheads and is a pure, vibrant, unadorned example of shiraz, with striking sweetness and excellent balance.
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.
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.
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