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2015 Philip Shaw No 89 Shiraz

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This is a cracking little sheeraz out of the Orange region! Yes, we know everyone says 2011 was not a great year, however, there are exceptions to the rule, and this is one of them. Aromas of plums, red cherries, pepper spice and vanilla rise from the glass, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and highly spicy, with a lush dark fruit centre, licks of deli-meats, a solid line of fine tannins, and a tight, spicy finish. This needs some time, or a good decant for a couple of hours before serving.

Winemaker's Notes

The fruit used for No.89 is from the 20 year old vines that exhibit powerful spices and peppery flavours – a representation of a classic cool area Shiraz. The oak adds complexity, but the intense fruit restrains and helps harmonise. The flavours are vibrant and follow the aroma of spicy fruit characters. There is 1% Viognier co-fermented in this wine and it contributes a very subtle softening of the cool climate spice. Soft fine tannins combine with great length of flavour to give a wine of youth that will repay cellaring.

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2015 Philip Shaw No 89 Shiraz

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Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Very vibrant colour of the best of modern shiraz. Quite reserved fruit with subtle oak and dark spices, cinnamon and clove and fresh black berry and damson plum shiraz. Mouth feel is richly tannic fruit flavours running black berry and pepper spice with a savoury charcuterie edge, the finish is very firm and needs time. The oak is considerable and needs time to harmonise. The solidness of this wine is remarkable as is the subtle spice, lingers for minutes.
2021
Rob Geddes MW
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Overtly oaked, sweetly fruited and smoky, this elegant and fine-grained shiraz has a musky bouquet of small berries, cassis, plums and sweet mocha/coffee grounds oak lifted by a scent of violets. Framed by a chalky, pliant extract, it's long and generous but just needs a little time for its fruit to flesh out and to acquire more mid palate sweetness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
91
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Very special thanks to its fragrance subtle but complex flavours and refined texture. Medium bodied with tight silky tannins that finish long and very fine in the mouth. In 2009 subtle and profound with lovely fruit compote summer pudding blackberry blueberry vanilla with a whisper of savoury charcuterie and pepper spice fruit aromas. The palate starts silky tannins with complex flavours in the red and black fruit spectrum plus pepper spice and sandalwood oak
Rob Geddes MW
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Much deeper crimson than The Idiot, the colour and intensity of the bouquet and palate in part explained by the viognier mentioned on the back label; has great structure and texture to the dark fruits of the long, full-bodied palate. Seriously good wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A wine of great definition, maintaining the delicacy of violet and black pepper perfume, the depth of liquorice, dark chocolate and game flavours and the structure of firm, sinewy tannins. It will be some years before fruit and oak unite, but it will be worth the wait.
93
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Very special thanks to its fragrance, subtle but complex flavours and refined texture. Medium bodied with tight silky tannins that finish long and very fine in the mouth.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Deep, dark and savoury, this very spicy and elegant shiraz reveals a sweet, slightly tomatoey bouquet whose intense aromas of small black and red berries are knit with fresh chocolate/vanilla oak and backed by peppery, dusty spices. Framed by fine, grainy tannins, it's long and smooth, with a deep, spicy presence of dark berries and plums, tight-grained oak and suggestions of smoked meats, finishing with balance and a charming freshness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour; attractive, tangy, spicy medium-bodied palate, with the black and red fruits given the usual lift by the viognier; fine tannins
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Polished and savoury, with a smoky, meaty presence of blackberries, plums, red berries and cedar/chocolate oak backed by gamy undertones of charcuterie meats, cloves and cinnamon, mint and menthol. It's smooth and juicy, with a firmish, long, supple and fine-grained palate of bright black and red fruits that just breaks up marginally at the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Very special thanks to its fragrance, subtle but complex flavours and refined texture. Medium bodied with tight silky tannins that finish long and very fine in the mouth.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Abundant depth and concentration of flavour; blackberry, spice and just a hint of viognier lift to the aroma and flavour
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Yes, the obvious question is what happened to wines 1 to 88? Actually there really are wines numbered 8, 11, 17 and 19, with reasons for all of them which you can find out by Googling the website. 89 was the year the shiraz was planted. My number for this wine is a bit higher, but I think it is well deserved. From the increasingly exciting Orange region, and with equally exciting aromas, this is good stuff.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
93
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Very special thanks to its fragrance, subtle but complex flavours and refined texture. Medium bodied with tight silky tannins that finish long and very fine in the mouth.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
High-toned spice, leather and apricot nuances on the bouquet; medium-bodied palate, with excellent tannin management and good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92

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