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2013 Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz

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Made by Ron Laughton, from a bio-dynamically farmed vineyard in Heathcote, the Georgia's Paddock Shiraz is often said to be one of the finest Shiraz wines released in Australia. In previous vintages, it has scored 100 points from James Suckling and 98 points from Robert Parker; Halliday even refers to Jasper Hill's wares some of the "most highly regarded and much sought after" wines in the country - the 2013 Georgia's Paddock is no exception.

It is breathtaking. Just something to behold; a wine that has only just begun its journey to greatness, with balance being the buzzword. The alcohol is tempered in 2013, meaning the wine is powerful, rich and impeccably put together; the red earth and artisanal winemaking coming to the fore. Its length is almost unstoppable and had me jumping out of my skin to go back and drink another bottle. It is that good.

Winemaker's Notes

Bright purple in colour to the rim, with its typical flavours of rich mixed spices and sweet, ripe red plummy fruits. Plush, chocolatey mocha characters and fabulous natural acidity paired to powerful, supple tannins confers great longevity, but why wait?

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Deep, bright crimson-purple; the bouquet offers a complex array of black fruits, spice, licorice and a hint of smoked meat, the full-bodied palate fulfilling the promises of the bouquet; dusty tannins join with the extravagant fruit, and the wine cries out for time. A gold-plated certainty to repay discipline many times over.
Drink by 2050
96
Wine Enthusiast (2013 Vintage) says
Dusty, firm, powerful: just a few apt descriptors for this vintage of one of Heathcote's top wines. Mocha, licorice and blackberries feature on the nose, while the palate delivers more of the same—dark fruit, chocolate and plenty of spice.
Best after 2020
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A world class shiraz whose heady bouquet of dark cherries, plums and blackberries, smoky chocolatey oak and briary notes are lifted by a spicy whiff of black pepper and cinnamon and backed by suggestions of graphite and dried herbs. It's sumptuously and evenly ripened, delivering a pure, sour-edged core of shiraz fruit framed by fine, mouthcoating tannins and knit with fresh, newish oak. It finishes long and savoury, with a lingering core of fruit, fresh acids and charcuterie undertones.
2030-2040
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
96
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Lifted tense black fruits Mediterranean herbs mineral and black pepper aromas regularly feature here. Flavours show a seamless layered richness with a juicy round fleshy mid palate texture and clean natural tasting acidity with fine grained tannins. Balanced in youth turning upfront peppery into spicy and earthy with age with a pleasing sense of fatness. A very seamless wholesome wine.
2023
Rob Geddes MW
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Outstanding colour; a fragrant burst of sweet fruits and spices leaps from the glass; much more elegant than many prior vintages; black fruits and very fine tannins to close.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Admirably powerful and deeply fruited, this assertive and structured shiraz has a long cellaring future. Its smoky, meaty aromas of dark plums, mint and menthol reveal undertones of musk, prune and currant, while its palate shows a surprising degree of fruit sweetness and brightness. A deep and focused core of ripe berry and plum flavour is framed by firm, fine and drying tannins, with a distinctive finish of pepper and spice, mint and menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
95
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red; youthful, juicy, berry fruit aromas, the oak well-balanced and integrated. As always, the palate is crammed with ripe fruit and a fair dollop of vanilla oak, but has good balance and structure. Seems a little more elegant.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; an almost impenetrable array of black fruits dominate the bouquet, with some savoury aspects, and well-balanced and integrated oak. The strong, dense and potent palate has lots of bitter chocolate flavours along with the riper black fruit spectrum of the bouquet; a long, lingering finish has powerful but balanced tannins, and likewise oak. I have beaten the alcohol horse enough to say no more.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; a rich, ripe bouquet has a cascade of aromas running through leather, licorice, prune and plum, slightly more savoury, perhaps, than Emily's of the same vintage. The palate is loaded with intensely rich and sweet blackberry, plum, prune and spice flavours; the tannins are balanced, as is the oak, but it is undeniable that you feel the alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Full, deep purple-red; the bouquet is quite overwhelming, with scented, spicy, exotic aromas tumbling out of the glass. The palate is no less rich and ripe with plum and cherry fruit still locked in arm-to-arm combat with the tannins. The rating is, to a degree, an article of faith.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
94
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; a powerful, clean bouquet redolent of blackberry, liquorice, briar and earth fruit is followed by an equally powerful palate with ripe black cherry and mint fruit and appropriately strong tannins. Minimal oak influence throughout. Built to live forever.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94

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