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2013 Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz

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This Shiraz personifies the foundations of Tatachilla as one of McLaren Vales oldest wineries by showing off a single vineyard Shiraz that’s an elegant expression of the region’s favourite grape. It’s rich in aromas of plum, dark brooding berries and licorice before a palate of black fruits and spice. It’s a concentrated, complex beast with an amazing smooth finish showing McLaren Vale at its best. It tastes magnificent, but prefers to be served with some mature cheese and good company.

Winemaker's Notes

As Tatachilla’s flagship wine, Foundation Shiraz represents a commitment to excellence in both viticulture and winemaking. Foundation Shiraz celebrates the best of one of region’s top varieties: Shiraz.

By selecting the best parcels of grapes from low yielding Shiraz vineyards for this wine elegant expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz, Foundation Shiraz epitomises the richness of superbly ripened McLaren Vale fruit.

Lush forest fruits with hints of black pepper, Violets and blackcurrant. A vibrant explosion of forest fruits, cassis and earthy under tones. An elegant, coating tannin structure frames the wine nicely with lingering notes of plum and rich dark chocolate.

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2013 Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz

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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Has retained deep colour; while full-bodied and potent, seems to have escaped the clutches of the Õ08 heatwave, and unquestionably speaks loud about its McLaren Vale origin. Blackberry, spice, licorice, dark chocolate and more somber notes are woven through a base of ripe tannins and integrated oak.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Showing expected development, the tarry black fruits and leathery characters melded together by a generous, medium-bodied palate. Best enjoyed over the next five years.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A long, but wine-stained cork had no adverse impact on the purple-red colour, nor the intense regional manifestation of the black fruits and bitter chocolate aromas and flavours; has very good length and intensity, French oak judged to perfection. With a screwcap, this wine would live for 40-plus years.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2011
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Intensely focused and structured, with a thrusting array of black and red fruits driving through a very long palate and finish without missing a beat. Badly stained cork a worry.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Layer-upon-layer of cool-vintage McLaren Vale shiraz: blackberry, then dark chocolate, then more blackberry, and finally a thin slice of licorice and earth. Will be very long-lived.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A more restrained expression of this wine despite presenting a slightly cooked aspect. Its gamey, rather baked and porty aromas of plums and red-currants, cloves and nutmeg are supported by sweet cedar/vanilla oak. Smooth and leathery, its palate of red plums, currants and dark olives Jacks great length, but finishes with powdery tannins, some greenish edges and a lingering note of chocolate.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Deep, dense red-purple; lush, rich and scented blackberry, plum and spice aromas are followed by a voluptuous, plush palate with blackberry fruit, lots of bitter chocolate, soft tannins and quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
Rather jammy, vegetal red with under and over-ripe characteristics typical of this vintage. Minty, eucalypt-like aromas of stewed plums, blackberries and raspberries with polished, cedary and varnishy oak precede a soft, sappy but flavoursome palate whose sweet berry/plum fruit and cedary oak are framed by green-edged tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Full red-purple; rich, dark berry fruit with a touch of licorice on the bouquet follows through to the powerful, long and complex palate. The only question comes with the slightly assertive oak on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Deep, inky purple-red. The richly layered and ripe bouquet has abundant glossy, dark cherry fruit and balanced oak. While the palate is powerful, intense and concentrated, it cleverly avoids heaviness; the oak is subtle and the acidity beautifully balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2001
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full purple-red; there is abundant, bright cherry and plum fruit on both the bouquet and palate, but the oak is slightly raw, and firm tannins swoop on the finish. May well improve significantly with time in bottle, but not in the same class as the '95
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; potent red and black cherry fruit aromas are interwoven through obvious vanillin American oak on the bouquet. The voluptuous palate, with its glossy cherry and blackberry fruit, once again surrounded by sweet vanillin oak, is an enormously impressive example of a top show style. Masses of flavour, but not over-extracted, and should develop exceptionally well.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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