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2014 Pertaringa Over the Top Shiraz

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The Pertaringa Over the Top Shiraz is a rich and very full bodied McLaren Vale red from Geoff Hardy's portfolio of brands. For anyone who likes big, decadent and powerful (it has 14.7% alcohol) McLaren Vale Shiraz, this is your go-to option!

Winemaker's Notes

Story: Acknowledging the very best site, climate, vines and production techniques, this Shiraz is named Over the Top to proudly declare our aim to make the finest wine we possibly can.

Vintage: 2014 was a challenging vintage, but it was very interesting to see the vines’ methodical reactions to make use of whatever was thrown at them. We were lucky with the timing of the heat and rain - the grapes were still early enough in their ripening cycle to not be hugely affected by the heat and then the rain in mid-February provided a well-earned reprieve.

Nose: The nose offers complex aromas of blue violets, plums and leather with spicy notes of pepper and star anise.

Palate: The palate is dense and inky with concentrated fruit and velvety tannins.

Pairing: Go retro and bring out the carpet bag steak! For you younger ones, that’s a scotch fillet steak stuffed with oysters and wrapped in bacon.

Cellaring: Drink now to 2026.

Alc/vol: 14.7%

Double Gold medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

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2014 Pertaringa Over the Top Shiraz

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Mike Bennie (2014 Vintage) says
Coconut, choc-cherry, sweet spice, ripe berry fruitiness. Slippery then finishes pretty quick with burst of chalky tannins. Very likeable, intense, just ripe berry fruit character and Chinese five spice playing around. Actually quite a good punch of fruit and neat tannin. Yeah, ok, I’m there.
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Ripe cool cimate shoraz black berry with a subtle menthol edge.The palate is thick, ripe and driven by tannin texture and blackberry conserve fruit on the finish.For lovers of big bold red wines.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Vivid deep purple-crimson; a multi-block selection with separate fermentations and a choice of French and American oak works very well indeed; the dark berry fruits have energy and drive, with fresh acidity still apparent after 20 months in oak; excellent balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Classic South Australian 'over the top' shiraz with ripeness sweetness and body.
Rob Geddes MW
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Classic South Australian 'over the top' shiraz with ripeness, sweetness and body.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied, and strongly regional, black fruits interwoven with dark chocolate and a twist of licorice; has good length and carries the alcohol well. ale.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Luscious ripe blackberry fruit in a coating of dark chocolate and a slather of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An ultimate regional style, with blackberry, dark chocolate and mocha seamlessly welded to and through each other; carries its alcohol well.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; immediately proclaims its regional origin with lashings of blackberry fruit coated with chocolate; richly textured, and carries the alcohol well.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly overcooked, this sumptuous and porty shiraz does retain sufficient fruit brightness and sweetness. Its smoky, charcuterie-like aromas of small black berries, cassis and dark plums overlie toasty, dark chocolate oak and an exotic spiciness. Smooth and velvet-like, its palate of plums, black-berries, raisins and currants is handsomely supported by newish mocha oak and coated by firm, drying tannins. It finishes long and gamey, with lingering notes of licorice and prune.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
An unusual mix of mocha, milk and dark chocolate is the driving force. While obviously regional, more black fruits needed.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured, with a wonderful array of luscious black fruits, dark chocolate and ripe tannins. The handling of the French and American oak is faultless.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Approachable and generous shiraz with an oaky, slightly cooked and soupy aroma of toasty dark plums, currants and cassis. Its smooth palate of licorice-like cassis and plum fruit is wrapped in fine tannins, before finishing with moderate length and refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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