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Shirvington Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2003

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The wine was 100% barrel fermented and matured for about 12 months in 80% new American oak and 20% one year old American oak. This wine will give you all the flavours and nuances you are looking for in a McLaren Vale Shiraz. It has a lifted intense nose with chocolate, licorice, cherries and spice characters. The palate is mouth watering with layers of complexity and length. The fruit flavours are powerful, yet velvety and seamless. It is a delight to drink. It is drinking well now and will cellar for many years.

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Shirvington:
Welcome to Shirvington. Our aim is to grow grapes that produce super-premium, honest wines with full fruit flavour, and to build a strong and thriving Australian brand that is respected as a leader in quality, consistency and value. Our story started in 1996 when we, the Shirvington Family (Lynne, Paul and sons Tony and Mark), purchased 16 hectares of prime land in Willunga, South Australia.... Read more
Welcome to Shirvington. Our aim is to grow grapes that produce super-premium, honest wines with full fruit flavour, and to build a strong and thriving Australian brand that is respected as a leader in quality, consistency and value. Our story started in 1996 when we, the Shirvington Family (Lynne, Paul and sons Tony and Mark), purchased 16 hectares of prime land in Willunga, South Australia. After extensive researching and touring of Australia’s major wine regions, this area was chosen for its ability to consistently produce outstanding table wines of great character and quality. Willunga is just south of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an area internationally renowned for its red wine, in particular Shiraz. In the winter of 1996, work began on the development of our first vineyard, Redwind. Further purchases in 1997 and 2001 saw the development of two new vineyards, Kurrawyba and Manjalda, in McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale. Working closely with our viticulturist and winemakers, the quality of fruit was such that our first commercial release, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded Wine of the Year at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show. This wine, coupled with our 2001 Shiraz, was the first to be selected by Dan Philips of The Grateful Palate, for distribution in the United States. We will continue to produce wines that are testimony to McLaren Vale’s great reputation. Read less

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
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4.50 5
05/21/2011

Fresh ground herbs greet the nose on this magnificent wine at uncorking, with mercurial wafts of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, cloves, and faint rosemary intermingling. At 30 minutes, notes of vanilla, maple, tobacco and graphite join the medley and add complexity. The opulent aromatics continue to evolve and at an hour, fruity whiffs of cherry, raspberry, plum and raisin join earthy scents of spring grass and oak to deepen and broaden the array. Still more emerges at two hours, with a delicate fragrance of rose decorating the harmonies of both red and dark fruits. The palate launches acerbic and tight and requires a full 30 minutes to begin to display its profound complexity, but once it does, this sumptuous wine opens to a smorgasbord of intense, thick flavors, including cherry, raspberry, rich dark berries, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, grass, alfalfa, vanilla, oak, and an herbal sharpness on the medium finish. The wine is somehow chewy and elegant at the same time, with a strong tannic structure, leaving the palate fully engaged but dry and cleansed as the zingy finale occurs, as if ballerinas were bourreeing gracefully off stage as music fades. 5/14/2011


External Reviews for Shirvington Shiraz Mclaren Vale

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The big, concentrated yet velvety-textured, magnificent 2003 Shiraz reveals a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood, and alcohol, it boasts aromas of blackberry liqueur intermixed with violets. The fragrant aromatics are followed by an explos... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2003 Shirvington Shiraz 750ml


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

96 points out of 100 by Robert Parker Jnr.


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

95 points out of 100 by Bob Campbell


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

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External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

This wine will give you all the flavours and nuances you are looking for in a McLaren Vale Shiraz. It has a lifted intense nose with chocolate, licorice, cherries and spice characters. The palate is mouth watering with layers of complexity and length. The fruit flavours are powerful, yet velvety and seamless. It is a delight to drink.


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

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The wine was 100% barrel fermented and matured for about 12 months in 80% new American oak and 20% one year old American oak. This wine will give you all the flavours and nuances you are looking for in a McLaren Vale Shiraz. It has a lifted intense nose with chocolate, licorice, cherries and spice characters. The palate is mouth watering with layers of complexity and length. The fruit flavours are powerful, yet velvety and seamless. It is a delight to drink. It is drinking well now and will cellar for many years.

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Alcohol: 15%

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