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2013 Ferngrove Leaping Lizard Shiraz

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    RRP $17.99 per bottle

    Our Price $14.99

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    $179.88 (12 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    One taste of this WA red and you’ll be flat out like a lizard drinking this Shiraz. The wine is strong, bold and stands out from the crowd with lip smacking aromas of red fruits, pepper and spice. Plums and blackberries deliver intensity on the palate before a rich, ripe mouthfeel and firm tannins. A dead set candidate for red meat on the barbie, caveman style.

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    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    Clear, full purple-crimson; has a fragrant, spicy/peppery cool climate bouquet leading into a very lively and juicy medium-bodied palate with a display of black cherry/blackberry/satsuma plum flavours, oak and tannins playing a secondary role.
    2020
    James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
    94
    Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
    A punchy fruit-soaked shiraz brimming with ripe plums and blackberry character. The nose has a subtle lift of spices while the palate delivers more savoury dark fruit.The little sprinkle of spice on the finish is appealing.
    Top 100 Australian Red Wines
    88
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    Bright crimson; the light- to mediumbodied palate has juicy plum and blackberry fruit with a generous sprinkling of spice and pepper; there is also a touch of French oak to go along with fine tannins. A great bargain.
    Wine Companion Aug/Sept 2012
    91
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    Bright crimson; attractive medium-bodied wine, with spicy plum and blackberry fruit supported by precisely balanced tannins. Good value.
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    89
    Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
    What a tremendous value wine this is. It's alive with savoury ripe plum splashed liberally with spices and some nice vanillin oak. The palate is rich and intense with powdery tannins and some nice oak treatment.
    Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
    88
    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
    The day Mattinson reviewed this wine there was a real-life black snake loose inside his house that was causing the proverbial conniptions. A wine called Leaping Lizard seemed like a good accompaniment. This should have settled down by now. It was a little all over the shop when tasted, but that was a few months back. It has a lovely ooze of raspberried, boysenberried fruit flavour and a subtle kick of spice too. It's good, light-to medium-weight quaffing.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    86
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    A fresh and lively light- to medium-bodied palate, with spice and cherry fruit; minimal contribution from tannins and oak.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    88
    Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
    Attractive floral perfumes, fresh garden herbs and smooth red berry flavours.
    Quaff 2008 2007
    Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
    Leaping Lizard is produced by the excellent Ferngrove winery, though nowhere on the bottle is that fact revealed. 2006 RELEASE I thought long and hard about this. It has cool herbal flavours but it also tastes of sweet, liqueured raspberries, just enough to get me over the line. I could happily drink this - though don't expect a blast of rich, chocolaty flavour. It's a spicy, savoury wine, and reasonable value all told. DRINK 2008-2009.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    84
    Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
    Ferngrove's second label, Leaping Lizard, has done it again, showing just how suited Frankland River is to growing shiraz - even though the Ferngrove vineyard is less than 10 years old. The cost of production is higher here than in many parts of Australia so quaffing wines are something of a rarity. Winemaker Vanessa Carson has fashioned a smooth, satisfying shiraz that is all too easy to drink. It has reasonable depth of bright, red cherry and satsuma plum flavours, neat balance and fine, approachable tannins. The cool climate (the region has some of Western Australia's coldest nights) means that the style of the wines is somewhat more savoury than the ripe full-flavoured reds of McLaren Vale and the Barossa. A nice point of difference.
    Quaff 2007 2006

    winemaker's notes

    Colour: Crimson

    Nose: Satisfying aromas of satsuma plum, blackberry, blueberry and spice

    Palate: Dense amalgam of dark fruits, berries and plums, mouth coating tannins complete the palate

    Food pairings: Enjoy with roasted lamb shanks and rosemary jus

    Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years

    Alc/vol: 13.5%

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