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2013 Majella Shiraz

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Whilst it is often shaded by its Cabernet Sauvignon brother, there is not question that this Majella Coonawarra Shiraz is a very impressive wine.

The end result is such an appealing, crowd pleasing wine - the sort of red that you finish a glass and let a quiet 'ooh, now that's good'.

Winemaker's Notes

The Majella Shiraz first appeared in 1991 and has since acquired a reputation as one of Coonawarra’s finest.

Winemaking: Fermentation was completed in 300 litre barrels and the wine was then aged for a further 18 months in a blend of French and American oak.

Vintage conditions: Coonawarra experienced an excellent vintage in 2013 which was characterised by a warm, dry summer followed by a cool autumn: optimal conditions for our Cabernet and Shiraz. 2013 promises to produce strong wines with high colour density, fruit concentration and tannin structure.

Winemakers comments: A deep damson red colour with a bright garnet hue. Fragrant ripe dark red fruits with vanillin aromas. A supple palate with luscious dark berries and dark chocolate with touches of clove, cinnamon and black pepper. Fine textured tannins leading to a long and evenly balanced finish.

Cellaring: 5 - 10 years

expert reviews about

2013 Majella Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday says
Good colour; a fresh and vibrant bouquet and palate both send the same pure message of delicious red berry fruits, spice and a faint hint of licorice, the savoury tannins providing both context and the necessary structure.
Drink by 2028
94
Campbell Mattinson says
Coonwarra shiraz with a high drinkability factor. Particularly in winter. On many a winter’s night this is just the kind of wine I’m looking for. Bold fruited, shows its oak, slips smoothly through the mouth etc. Archetypal Australian red wine in a way, and a well executed version thereof. This release shows traces of black pepper but it’s essentially plummy and raspberried with aspects of peppercorn and custard/musk/vanilla. It doesn’t quite fill out the mid palate as heartily as it can do, but it’s certainly satisfying; it delivers the hit so many traditional red wine lovers seek.
2015 - 2025
92
Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
It’s a velvety Shiraz with plum and redcurrant flavours oozed along by the helping hand of creamy vanillin oak. There’s a smokiness too, a clovey character, and a gentle jangle of acidity. True to both style and form. Some might find the acid here slightly too high but most will enjoy the beautiful combination of fruit and oak, as is the Majella way.
2016 - 2026
92
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Traces its roots back to the Woodley Treasure Chest series of the '40s and '50s, its balance and mouthfeel immaculate; red and black fruits vie for prominence, the combination putting oak and tannins into a pure, balanced support role. This is old money speaking, and great value.
By 2032
Wine Companion
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright purple-crimson; the fragrant bouquet exudes red cherry, damson plum and a dash of spice, the supple and harmonious mediumbodied palate bringing with it soft tannins and appreciable oak. A harmonious wine.
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A delicious, finely measured shiraz whose pristine, spicy bouquet of cassis raspberries, redcurrants and tightly knit vanilla/chocolatey oak is lifted by sweet musky floral notes and an exotic whiff of spice. Long and evenly balanced, with a beautifully ripened, seamless presence of pastille-like black and red fruits supported by fine, silky tannins, it finishes with enticing persistence, licorice-like spiciness, a hint of mineral and a refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
This style is a real character vanilla black berry olive aromas. Medium to full bodied bright berry fruits with lovely savoury elements and well-judged fine tannins.
Rob Geddes MW
91
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Majella groupies will spot that this is a calmer and more restrained vintage for Coonawarra shiraz, bringing nuances of violet perfume, cinnamon and cloves to its concentrated plum, dark berry and dark chocolate palate. $30 at WineStar. www.majellawines.com.au
Wine Taste Edition 24: July 22, 2011
93
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Smooth and silky, with a sweet bouquet of cassis, blackberries, cracked pepper and dark plums lifted by fresh violet-like notes and knit with polished cedar/chocolate oak, its luscious palate delivers depth, richness, intensity and fruit sweetness but remains medium-bodied and elegant, finishing with genuine length of dark, sour-edged flavour backed by suggestions of mint and menthol.
The Australian Wine Annual
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A solid dose of ripe red fruits on the nose here, framed in a super-sized portion of new oak fragrance too - cedar and vanillin. The palate's bright and concentrated red-fruit flavours are stretched over fine, taut tannins, building toasty through the finish.
2014
The Good Wine Guide
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
This style is a real character vanilla black berry olive aromas. Medium to full bodied bright berry fruits with lovely savoury elements and well-judged fine tannins.
2019
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
This style is a real character vanilla black berry olive aromas. Medium to full bodied bright berry fruits with lovely savoury elements and well-judged fine tannins.
Rob Geddes MW
91
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A spicy, violet-like fragrance of blackberries, cassis, plums and sweet oak reveals nuances of dried herbs, mint and menthol, with more vegetal undertones. Underpinned by fine, powdery tannin, it's very concentrated and varietal, with lingering sour-edged fruit, vanilla oak and undertones of smoked meats and minerals, finishing with a slightly edgy acidity and greenish elements.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
This style is a real character, medium to full bodied, bright berry fruits with lovely savoury elements and well-judged fine tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright colour, good hue; fresh, focused cassis blackcurrant fruit and clear-cut acidity; lingering but fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
As always, an attractive wine; gentle plum and blackberry fruit with fine, ripe tannins driving the medium-bodied palate; controlled oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
I'm a fan of Majella. A big fan. Their wines are fabulous and serious value. Where else in the world can you find wine this good for peanuts? (The obvious answer is quite a few other parts of Australia, but no prizes for _ being a smartypants). OK, thirty bucks isn't everyday drinking for most of us but it's not the kind of price that makes it a pnce-a-year-job either. Majella is a dbwwm fave. Get on board.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
93
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
An attractive and flavoursome shiraz whose ripe, slightly jammy and meaty aromas of blackberries, currants and cassis are backed by sweet chocolate/vanilla oak and lifted by a whiff of white pepper. Intense and forward, its juicy palate of dark berry flavours and sweet toasty oak is supported by a fine, powdery spine of firmish tannin, finishing with lingering savoury notes of pencil shavings and meaty fruit. Just a fraction cooked for an even higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
91
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
A friend was telling me recently that he prefers Majella's shiraz over its cabernet. I thought he'd gone nuts until I looked at my ratings over the years - I almost agreed with him. The auction market agrees too; Majella shiraz often outguns Majella cabernet for re-sale value. 2005 RELEASE What a beauty. Dense, luscious, finely boned and fleshy. It's got the lot. Structure and charm. Flavours of chalk, plums, chocolate and cedar. Minty oak rears its head, but only just. It's a very fine wine. DRINK 2010-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
This style is a real character, medium to full bodied, bright berry fruits with lovely savoury elements and well-judged fine tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong, clear red-purple; blackberry, black plum and cherry fruit; touches of spice, supple tannins and good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A very elegant, measured and restrained Majella red whose violet-like fragrances of cassis, blueberries and dark plums are backed by white pepper and spice, fragrant vanilla oak and complex meaty undertones. Supple and restrained, its gentle palate of vibrant dark berry flavours and measured oak finishes with just a hint of herbal complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
This style is a real character, medium to full bodied, bright berry fruits with lovely savoury elements and well-judged fine tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Vibrant cherry and blackberry fruit; linear mouthfeel with fine tannins and controlled oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A briary fragrance of cassis, raspberries and red-currants is packed with spice and sweet vanilla/coconut oak, with undertones of menthol. Long, fine and elegant, the palate is saturated with a gamey expression of small black and red berries, plums and licorice. There's plenty of newish smoky oak, a restrained extract and a lingering note of mocha and dark olives.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very fragrant, high-toned black cherry and blackberry aromas; lively and fresh; good texture and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Pristine violet-like aromas of sweet red and black berries with nuances of plums, cedar/vanilla oak, plus earthy hints of dried herbs and menthol. Its initial burst of intense cassis/mulberry flavour becomes a little dilute, herbal and sappy down the palate. Framed by slightly under-ripe tannins smoothed over to an extent by sweet vanilla oak, it's a pretty but early-drinking wine.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Aromatic, lively, fresh raspberry, cherry and herb aromas and flavours; fine tannins, subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Excellent, deep red-purple; sweet blackberry, plum, redcurrant and licorice aromas flow through into a palate with excellent intensity, weight and concentration; well-handled extract throughout provides good structure and length, and guarantees the long term future of the wine. Top gold medal Limestone Coast Wine Show 2002.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the clean, fruit-driven, fresh berry bouquet is followed by a lively palate, with a notably intense entry into the mouth, flowing through to the finish on the back of fine tannins and subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Very dense purple-red; the bouquet is rich and complex, with luscious fruit and plenty of oak in modern style. The palate is solid and chunky, with rich plum and mulberry fruit woven through generous oak
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; full, dark berry, plum and mulberry fruit is woven through abundant oak on the bouquet. A concentrated palate with dark berry fruit, soft, persistent tannins and oak in balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
90

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