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2014 Plantagenet Shiraz

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Still one of the most collectable and age-worthy reds from the Mount Barker region, the Plantagenet Shiraz shows it’s not all Cabernet in the west. Give it a decant and pair it with steak to see just how good this iconic red is. Indulge your senses in a vivid nose of blackberry, chocolate and hints of vanilla with notes of peppery spice. The palate is complex and layered with a captivating structure that will have you in raptures.

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2014 Plantagenet Shiraz

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Composed, well-tailored wine. Complex nose of autumn leaves, tar, sweet blackberry and smoky oak. Blends savoury, spicy, leafy elements with powerful, dark-berried fruits confidently and well. Has a seamlessness to it. Has a reach of fine, rippling tannin working positively throughout. Difficult to fault.
By 2026
Wine Companion
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright, medium deep red-purple; the bouquet is positively perfumed, with spice, pepper and licorice woven through the red fruits, fruits that drive the silky, medium-bodied palate through to its long finish; the oak and tannin management have been exemplary.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A Savoury, finely crafted and handsomely oaked young Rh“ne-inspired shiraz of of true class. It's peppery, floral and spicy, with sweet aromas of briary redcurrants, blackberries and plums with a hint of cherry tightly knit with fresh smoky, meaty and fine-grained new French oak backed by nuances of chocolate and mocha. It's silky and elegant, medium in weight, with a juicy, almost sappy presence of pristine small berry/cherry fruit underpinned by gentle, finely balanced tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good crimson colour; brings to the table all the things expected of medium-bodied Mt Barker shiraz: spice and a touch of licorice, ripe red and black berry fruits, and fine tannins; oak too, is where it should be.
To 2024
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Deep vibrant red black colour. The nose is immediately exciting with a mix of spices, black pepper and concentrated saturated plummy fruit aromas. There's a little spicy plum and licorice character on the palate with tight fine grained oak adding some weight. Rich and textured but a firm structural core providing the definition. Touch of funk on the palate adds to the complexity.
WA Wine Guide 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
An artfully balanced and Rhoney shiraz whose heady, wild and spicy bouquet of dark plums, blackberries and sweet aromatic vanilla oak is backed by black pepper, cloves and licorice. It's long, dark and slightly meaty, with deep spicy palate tightly knit with a firm, rather bony backbone of fine tannin that simply soaks up its measured complement of oak influence, finishing seamless and savoury with lingering suggestions of dark fruit, gamy complexity and cracked pepper.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A ripe and savoury bouquet with redcurrant and blackberry, framed by mineral complexity and a little roast meat; the palate is quite chewy in texture, but has a litheness to the fruit that draws out the very long, and quite juicy conclusion.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied savoury style with a lick of black pepper and meaty charcuterie in the raspberry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
When the vintage is right, and it was in 2007, then these Plantagenet shiraz are some of the finest you will find anywhere in Australia. This is right up there with the finest yet from this historic producer. Warm savoury spicy aromas create a compelling complex bouquet. Beautiful savoury and ever so slightly earthy palate with ripe tannins, perfectly worked oak and sumptuous fruit. Great cellaring potential.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Walsh has consumed an awful lot of Plantagenet Shiraz over the past fifteen years, and so his judgement on them is pretty well honed. He reckons this release will be best as a youngster - he's not cellaring this one. It tastes of blackberry jam, apricot, pepper, meat and truffle. It's full-bodied and nicely savoury-sweet, though this year it leans a little too heavily towards sweetness.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Shows the good vintage to full effect; a tapestry of black fruit flavors, spices and pepper, augmented by quality oak and ripe tannins; great line and length
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
87
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A big, ripe wine for this comparatively cool region. Heady, spicy and peppery aromas of blackberries, cassis, dark plums and smoked meats reveal a slightly tarry, overcooked aspect. Powerful and juicy, its deeply fruited palate reveals plenty of meaty complexity, finishing long and savoury, with a lingering core of dark plums and berries Just ripened a shade beyond the point of elegance and finesse.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Distinguished, medium-bodied wine; spicy notes are woven through blackberry and black cherry fruit; fine, but ripe, tannins and quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Minty and slightly overcooked, this meaty and fruitcake-like shiraz marries sweet flavours of red berries and plums with polished, chocolate-like oak and spicy nuances of cloves and cinnamon. Its slightly syrupy and spirity palate would benefit from more structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied savoury style with a lick of black pepper and meaty charcuterie in the raspberry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spicy notes to both bouquet and palate; gentle blackberry, plum and licorice fruit with slightly unexpected tannins to add structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A floral, spicy shiraz from a milder season whose lightly minty aromas of small black and red berries are assertively backed by mocha and dark chocolate oak influences with a suggestion of fennel. Brooding, meaty and slightly overcooked, it retains undertones of vibrant berry fruits beneath its raisin and currant-like flavours. The palate is slightly overawed by overt oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
89
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied savoury style with a lick of black pepper and meaty charcuterie in the raspberry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; clean, well-balanced black fruits; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A firm, fine and tightly knit shiraz with pungent, expressive wild and briary fruits neatly entwined with fine tannins and sweet chocolatey oak. There's a meatiness about Its aromas of black berry fruits, with undertones of cedar and vanilla. Medium to full in weight, it's smooth and savoury, finishing with suggestions of licorice, mint and a hint of eucalypt.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Musky, wild and fragrant shiraz whose peppery, briary dark red berry and cherry fruit is backed by undergrowth-like complexity and sweet cedary/vanilla oak. Smooth and silky, medium to full in weight, with developed, earthy complexity, it's a Rhoney expression with soft, but rigid tannins that finishes long, meaty and savoury. The flavours might just be evolving ahead of its structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Oozes blackberry, black cherry and spice aromas, the palate at once plush yet elegant, perfectly proportioned and weighted, finishing with fine, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
This has been consistently one of the best wines from Plantagenet and over the years they have made some crackers. This is up there with the very best. Opens savory and slightly spicy. It has a lush supple and velvety smooth palate, though the tannins provide substance and a rigid spine
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
94
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; fragrant aromas of spice, cedar and blackberry lead into a palate with complex structure; black cherry and spice flavours provide the initial impact, then lingering tannins and a long, savoury finish. The wine incorporates some material from Geographe for the first time.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a moderately intense and quite fragrant bouquet has a mix of spicy, earthy, juicy, berry fruit; the palate has excellent texture and structure, with red berry fruit, spice, fine tannins and subtle oak. The only caveat is that it may develop relatively quickly.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the bouquet is quite firm, with some cherry and liquorice fruit, which is also present on the palate, where the effective use of oak helps add a little more complexity; finishes with good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
83
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a quite potent bouquet with solid berry and earth varietal character is followed by a palate redolent of sweet, black cherry and blueberry fruit; succulent and satisfying.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
93

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