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2014 Claymore Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz

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Another Pink Floyd inspired wine and another seriously dense one at that, again embodying the style of Clare Shiraz that hooks so many people in. By that we mean that it is minty and firm and barreling along with sweet oak but rather savoury fruit underneath it. The net result is big but yet with a certain sort of liveliness that is really very appealing. A big wine, yet not a fat one, this is very smart Clare Shiraz.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Bright, deep purple.

Bouquet: Instantly you are greeted with juicy plum, forest floor, bramble and violets. Air contact releases more complex aromatics of savoury black olive and liquorice.

Palate: Elegance, balance and complexity are all attributes linked to the Clare Valley. This 2014 release is no exception with brooding blue fruits and subtle velvety oak tannins giving the wine length and presence. Savoury mocha and ripe blackberry fruits create more layering and complexity. This is a wine that will be hard to put down.

General: Each component used in the blending of the Dark Side of the Moon creates a Shiraz that exemplifies certain characteristics of the Clare Valley. From Leasingham to just north of the Clare Valley township, we had access to parcels that defined the subregions of Clare and work harmoniously to create a full, rich and balanced Shiraz. Combined with careful oak selection with 30% New French Oak and 70% older barrels, this Shiraz will continue to give for the next 8-10 years.

Serve: Food matching with this wine is simple, bold flavoured foods. Try with an aged Scotch fillet steak topped with garlic butter on a bed of ratatouille. Simply matched with some creamy cheese and crackers will work well too.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2014 Claymore Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2011 Vintage) says
Sweet/leathery raspberry aromas, lifted spicy berry fruit flavours and strong Tannins.
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Ripe, tannic number with up-front stewed plum fruit. Needs more time.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong colour; crammed to the gills with blackberry, confit plum and integrated oak (18 months in barrel) yet shows no heat or dead fruit characters; the supple and soft mouthfeel makes this an excellent each-way drinking proposition, now or later.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Well, for the extra four or five dollars, it's well worth crossing to the Dark Side from the cheaper Wild Side shiraz made by Claymore. This has a dense dark colour and a solid serve of ripe plum, spice, leather and eucalypt on the nose; the palate carries the generous alcohol with plenty of ripe blood-plum flavour and rustic tannins, but it's best drunk young.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Plenty of dark fruit here, and an earthy, spiced plum aroma. The oak has buried itself in nicely and this is already looking approachable. The palate's carrying good density and depth, with plenty of richness and chew and an assertive finish that would benefit from time in the cellar, a good decanting, hearty food or all of the above.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Lovely lift of dried apricot-like characters on the nose. Quite tannic in the mouth, with good concentration of ripe fruit flavours perfectly integrated with some well-handled oak.
Winestate 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A dark, concentrated and very serious wine; dark fruits, with a little spice and mint, are framed by pencilly oak; the palate is almost thick in texture on entry but, as it travels across the palate, life and lightness return and the overall impression is fine and complex
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Full-bodied; a very ripe style with prune, jammy blackberry fruit, the alcohol adding to the fruit sweetness, then finishing with sharp acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Very ripe, jammy nose and chocolaty/raspberry jam palate with tons of warming alcohol.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A powerful, dense wine; an initial flush of rich fruit on entry to the mouth is smartly followed by tannins; patience will richly reward.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant, medium-bodied mix of dark fruits and spices; fine, lingering tannins. Da Vinci Code label.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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