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2012 Shiraz
A classic year: the soils were fully charged after the rains of 2011, and the growing season was excellent. The Shiraz was hand harvested in late March.80% whole bunch fermentation, on skins for typically 4 weeks. Pressed to tank and settled overnight then racked to puncheons (some new) for elevage. Bottled in October 2013. Harmonious and elegant dark red fruits, olives, black pepper and spice reflect the excellent growing season. A fine tannin structure underpins supple red fruits and spice on the palate.
Reviews
2006: December 2010 Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
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It's a big, warm wine for a Bannockburn shiraz but it pulls the style off. It does because it maintains its spicy, savoury edges. It tastes of tar and dried herbs, dark cherries and woodspice. It finishes warm but the flavours are both interesting and appealing.

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2007: February, 2012 Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
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...this is a pinot-drinkers shiraz. It's a red that is light on its feet, perfumed, a bit undergrowthy and then tight and focused through the finish. It has an array of sweet and sour fruit notes, some fungal characters, seedy herb notes and a good pure swing of macerated cherry flavour.

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2008: 9 March 2012 Ben Edwards (Wine Companion website)
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The word "umami" gets thrown around by sommeliers and wine scribes a lot these days, and this wine seems to be the very essence of it, as its aromas and flavours sit well outside the conventional "norms" of shiraz; cold tea, vine sap, bone marrow and much more, become a thickly textured amalgm of spice and food-like flavours. 92 points.

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2009: Oct. 2014 Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
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Layers and layers and layers to this wine. Perfume requires attention with its meatiness and flecks of herbal complexity - such wonderful savouriness here. Texture is dry, chewy, tannin-driven and yet soupy in depth, like a complex bouillon laboured over by a chef seeking finesse of flavour but a strength too. This wine is seriously deep and glorious to sip - a wine you savour and don't want to finish, swirling and brooding as it evolves even in glass. Glory.95 points.

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2010: February 2015 James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au)
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100% whole bunch-fermented, matured for 2 years in used French puncheons. Has retained good colour: the freshness of the wine is a delight, as is its silky texture and - needless to say the complexity of its smorgasbord of warmly spiced red and black fruits, oak and tannins sewn into the lining of the fruit. 97 points.

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2012: January 2016 James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au)
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A full bodied shiraz in the unique style of Bannockburn.92 pts.

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