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Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz

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This is the top wine from Annie's Lane, and it shows lots of rich, ripe dark berries and cherries on the nose, with sniffs of mocha, mint and soft spice. The palate is fuller-bodied and fleshy, with a juicy core of blackberries at its heart, a solid line of fine tannins, poised acidity, and a tight, lingering finish. This will live for a decade or two!

Winemaker's Notes

'Copper Trail' Shiraz is Annie's Lane's flagship wine and it is hand crafted to reflect the very best of the Clare Valley.

Our Copper Trail Shiraz is black with purple hues. The nose displays blackcurrant, violets and a hint of bitter chocolate. On the palate is a complex array of flavours showing cassis, and dark berries, with a hint of regional eucalypt. The wine is woven by savoury oak and long velvety tannins and finishes with a silky mouth feel.

This complex and beautiful wine would match wonderfully with slow cooked beef cheeks with celeriac and field mushrooms.

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Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; part of the wine was kept on skins in small open-fermenters, part finished its fermentation in barrel. It is a full-bodied celebration of the black fruits that Clare Valley shiraz can display, complexed by licorice and toasty oak, lengthened by positive tannins.
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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Set for the long term, this finely structured and balanced shiraz reveals a slightly exotic, musky, floral and minty bouquet of cassis, blackberries, dark plums and fresh cedar/vanilla oak lifted by a violet-like perfume. It's long and elegant, with a pleasing depth and length of palate-staining pastille-like dark berry flavour, measured oak and a firmish, chalky backbone. It steadily builds richness and intensity towards the finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Is M-bodied, but not heavy; there are spice, earth and licorice notes to the core of blackberry fruit; has good tannin and barrel ferment-oak inputs.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Great colour and depth; a rich, supple, round medium- to full-bodied palate; fleshy and blackberry and plum fruit; ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Long and smooth, this supple and elegant shiraz has a heady, dark and spicy perfume of blackberries, dark plums and cedar backed by nuances of game meats, minerals, leather and iodide. Deeply layered but restrained and fine grained, it steadily builds intensity of flavour towards a long, savoury and charmingly balanced finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
This has been a star of the wine show circuit, and it's not hard to see why. It has been in stores for a while, but if you like a big, high-quality red, hunt this down. It's a big softie! It's mellow, rich, seriously kissed by chocolatey oak and flooded with plummy, inky, minty fruit flavour. It hits your tongue like a mat of wet velvet and slips all the way to the back of your throat in one delicious flow of unfettered flavour. It has tannin structure too, but as part of the wine - this is about flavour more than anything else. It will cellar, but it's arguably best consumed within our recommended timeframe.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A voluptuous wine, with a Joseph's Coat of flavours, but no dead fruit; blackberry, anise, spice, chocolate and vanilla oak. Has the balance and structure for a long life.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Hyper-rich, luscious, dense fruit with great tannin structure and extreme length; oak is there, but the fruit is the fat lady's song. Will live for a very long time.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Largely belies its alcohol; ripe, luscious red and black fruits; fine tannin and oak balance and integration from 22 months in barrel. Winner Shiraz Challenge 2005
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Filled to the brim with blackberry and dark chocolate; excellent fruit/oak balance and integration; ripe, soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a rich, concentrated, dense bouquet with dark berry fruit and spicy vanillin oak leads into a rich and complex palate with abundant blackberry, black cherry, mocha and chocolate, replete with ripe tannins. A multi gold medal winner.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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