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2012 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz

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The Aberfeldy has become a bit of a cult collectors wine. It comes from a single site in the Clare Valley from vines that were planted in 1904. What winemaker Tim Adams is able to do with this fruit is incredible as he coaxes enormous flavour from the grapes and creates a Shiraz that highlights the region. This is rich and hearty with lashings of plum, dark chocolate and mixed berries. It’s a full-bodied palate that delivers fruit power in perfect harmony with tannin and acids. A wonderful wine to open with a selection of mature cheeses.

Winemaker's Notes

The Aberfeldy has long been synonymous with quality, representing our flagship wine. Year after year, this wine continues to deliver the best that Clare Valley Shiraz has to offer. The Aberfeldy has a vibrant magenta colour with aromatics of cherry, plum, dark berries and chocolate complemented by the oak derived characters of clove, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full-bodied with dark berry conserve flavours and balanced oak, firm tannin and acidity. The wine has persistent length of sweet fruit and oak, with power, elegance and great finesse. The Aberfeldy is best enjoyed with a range of red meat-based dishes with complementary sauces/gravies. The wine has been sealed with a WAK closure, an internally threaded screw cap with a traditional look. This wine is worthy of keeping for up to 20 years in good conditions. We recommend decanting prior to serving. The Aberfeldy has become an iconic Australian Shiraz, consistently collecting Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge in London annually.

Winemaking: All components of this blend were fermented to dryness on skins and subsequently left on skins for 14 days before being pressed. All pressings were returned to the wine for added structure and to improve ageing potential. The wine spent 24 months in a mixture of carefully selected new American and French oak hogsheads in our cool room before blending and bottling.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2012 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Gary Walsh (2012 Vintage) says
I often think of The Aberfeldy as being like the Clare Valley’s Grange. Aside from the fact that it’s from a single region, and much less than one tenth of the price. It’s a flagship wine that’s easy enough to enjoy now, or much later. Blackberry, dark cherry, cloves, sage, coconut, dark mint chocolate, spice – it’s all go. Full bodied, lush smooth tannin, silky feel with rich fruit, backed with toasty spiced oak. Smooth powdery tannin carries the finish long, and while there’s a little warmth, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Does that make sense? Well, at least it sounds impressive. As is the wine.
2015 - 2028
94
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Excellent wine but oak tolerance is certainly required. Fortunately the fruit pops its heads through the clouds and, particularly given time to breathe, shines. Vanilla, toast, violets and chocolate with sweet-but-lively plum-drenched fruit pouring through. Swish, velvety tannin adds to the quality case.
Drink by 2030
93
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
An exemplary shiraz whose deep, musky and slightly meaty bouquet of intense blackberry, cassis, dark plum and fresh cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak is lifted by scents of exotic spices and black pepper. Steeped in luscious, palate-staining flavours of pristine, perfectly ripened and faintly sour-edged dark fruit tightly knit with smoky vanilla oak, it?s long, mineral and tightly integrated with a firm, pliant spine of powdery tannins and refreshing acids. It finishes with savoury aspects and a persistent core of slightly minty fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
96
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A stonking Aberfeldy that captures the tremendous depth and magnificence of an epic season, layered with all the savoury complexity that Tim Adams masterfully coaxes out of the Clare Valley. It's succulent, precise and enduring.
WBM Reviews September, 2014
97
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
The back label solemnly assures us that following a 14-day fermentation 'the wine rested in new, carefully selected American oak hogsheads for 24 months'. And yes, coconut/mocha aromas and flavours provide the superstructure of a round, soft palate, the tannins all but invisible. It is reminiscent of the trophy-winning wines of Wolf Blass in the 1980s.
2019
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Gracefully balanced, with a musky, exotic, essence-like fragrance of blackberries, cassis, raspberries and redcurrants backed by deeply aromatic cedar/vanilla oak, it's scented with sweet, floral viognier-like notes, black pepper and marsala spices. Supple and seamless, with a long, licorice-like expression of vibrant small berry flavours and fresh new oak integrated with a subtle underlay of pliant tannins, it finishes with freshness and focus.
2021-2029+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Power and density meets perfume and control. This is no blockbuster, rather a pure, primary and poised wine of fine, full tannin structure, promising a long life.
Wine 100 Reviews, April
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Aberfeldy is a medium- to full-bodied traditional Clare styled shiraz with brightness and depth to its fruit with an edge of black-olive savouriness. A very consistent and balanced style partly due to Tim changing his oak ageing to suit each year's fruit flavour and weight. In 2009 Tim brings balanced fine oak to the ripe blackberry and Mediterranean spices of Clare shiraz. The palate is long even medium bodied and elegant with fine tannins and beautiful ripeness with a long fine grained tannin. tasted twice same score both times
2017
Rob Geddes MW
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A Clare shiraz of tremendous energy, drive and complexity. Its controlled power demands at least a decade in the cellar.
2023-2028
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2025
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Long and elegant, with a musky bouquet of intense, jujube-like black and red berries, dark plums and briar, with fresh cedar, vanilla and bubblegum-like oak lifted by a whiff of violet and backed by notes of mint and animal hide. Generous and juicy, it's smooth and chocolatey, with a deep presence of dark berry, cherry and plum-like flavour framed by fine, silky tannins and backed by nuances of dried herbs and menthol.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Aberfeldy is a medium- to full-bodied traditional Clare styled shiraz with brightness and depth to its fruit with an edge of black-olive savouriness. A very consistent and balanced style partly due to Tim changing his oak ageing to suit each year's fruit flavour and weight. In 2009 Tim brings balanced fine oak to the ripe blackberry and Mediterranean spices of Clare shiraz. The palate is long even medium bodied and elegant with fine tannins and beautiful ripeness with a long fine grained tannin
2018
Rob Geddes MW
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A fine, long, elegant and dusty shiraz whose vibrant presence of dark berries, plums and fresh dark chocolate/vanilla/cedar oak is backed by spicy, lightly peppery and meaty undertones. It's long, smooth, fine-grained and elegant, with a silky backbone of pliant tannins and lingering suggestions of licorice and caramel. Artfully made, it simply lacks the genuine length and depth of fruit for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
93
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Aberfeldy is a medium to full bodied traditional Clare-styled shiraz with brightness and depth to its fruit with an edge of black olive savouriness. A very consistent and balanced style partly due to Tim changing his oak ageing to suit each year's fruit flavour and weight.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
93
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
This is a wine of spice and texture above flavour and impact. The fruit gobbles up two years in brand new hand-selected, tight-grained American oak, building texture but not oak flavour, giving full voice to its pepper and mixed spice, plum and cherry fruit. Structured and restrained with lingering persistence and textural spice, it will be extremely long-lived.
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Aberfeldy would lay claim to being Australia's most consistent top-end wine. This wine always has a fair hit of creamy, smooth oak (Walsh calls it 'sexy-time' oak), but those vanillin, nougat-like notes are sunk into a rich well of plummy, berried fruit flavour. So it is here. This is full-bodied and ultra-smooth, with all the stuffing and smooth-skinned tannin to ensure that it will keep in the cellar for as long as you desire. That said, we love drinking it now - though we feel a little naughty doing it.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Traditional medium- to full-bodied Clare Valley style, bold and flavoursome, driven as much by two years in American oak as by its abundant black fruits.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Aberfeldy is a medium- to full-bodied traditional Clare-styled shiraz with brightness and depth to its fruit with an edge of black-olive savouriness. A very consistent and balanced style partly due to Tim changing his oak ageing to suit each year’s fruit flavour and weight.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; a firm, tightly focused wine; intense black fruits; a full-bodied wine which still has a few sharp edges to soften, but should develop superbly over time.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Deeply ripened and luscious, this spicy and powerfully concentrated shiraz reveals a heady perfume of jujube-like blackberries, dark plums and cassis backed by clove, cinnamon, white pepper and assertive dark chocolate/vanilla oak. Its luscious palate of searingly intense dark berry fruit and polished, creamy vanilla oak is framed by firm but smooth tannins, finishing long and briary, with suggestions of mint and mineral.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
95
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Aberfeldy is a medium- to full-bodied traditional Clare-styled shiraz with brightness and depth to its fruit with an edge of black-olive savouriness. A very consistent and balanced style partly due to Tim changing his oak ageing to suit each year’s fruit flavour and weight.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; powerful black fruits; full-bodied, with solid structure and extract; lots of vanilla oak. Big, traditional style.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
An exotically ripe mix of blackberry, licorice, raspberry and mulberry, plus vanilla smoothie oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Musky, spicy and deeply aromatic this exotically perfumed and floral shiraz is seemed with violets and sweet small berries, over nuances of peppermint and vanilla. It's long, supple and ethereal, with a tightly focused core of fruit seamlessly integrated with sweet, tight-knit oak and velvet-like tannins. It finishes with lingering nuances of licorice, mint and dried herbs, plus a suggestion of eucalypt. Should flesh out nicely always remaining fine and elegant.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
97
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Complex, concentrated licorice, blackberry and prune aromas; the palate is laden with ripe fruit and vanilla oak in the background.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a fragrant, high-toned bouquet with black cherry fruit, lemon/vanillin oak and touches of earth, then a palate with plenty of action; a rich core of fruit is surrounded and supported by ripe tannins and nice oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Dense, inky red-purple; rich, ripe, powerful plum, blackberry and prune fruit is coupled with masses of American oak on the bouquet. The palate is no less rich and concentrated, with plum and blackberry fruit, and again, lots of American oak. Quite similar to the Leasingham Bin 61, and similarly needs time, and, some would argue, less oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is flooded with sweet, rich spicy berry fruit and the very clever use of oak. The opulently rich palate consummates the marriage between oak (the dominant partner) and dark fruit flavours, all supported by soft but ample tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
92

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