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Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz

Winemaker's Notes

Made from the grapes of dry grown, low yielding vines, half of which were planted in 1919. Following ageing in old oak for four years, the base wine was re-fermented in this bottle. On disgorging, a liqueur of rich fortified Shiraz was added to balance the wine’s considerable tannin. This tannin makes the wine particularly good with food. Drink now or cellar for further complexity.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Huon Hooke (2009 Vintage) says
Deep-ish red-purple, youthful and fresh, the wine exuding typical Clare Valley spice/dried-herb, aniseed and balsamic/mint aromas. It's been given adequate time to mature, for which there is no substitute if this type of wine is to be this delicious. It's not a blockbuster: medium-bodied and elegantly structured, beautifully balanced, the tannins having softened and the dosage used thoughtfully. A benchmark: there are few better examples of the style.
2016 - 2026
97
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz has ascended to a lofty position among the finest of its style in the country. 2009 meets the expectation but for completely unexpected reasons. This vintage has an altogether different mood to the brooding complexity of its predecessors. A red cherry and strawberry elegance takes the lead here with delicate rosehip overtones, underscored by the black olive and licorice-strap personality that defines its dimension. Its craftsmanship shows impeccable Stephen George precision: seamless and silky, structured with the ultra-fine, mineral tannins of ancient Wendouree vines, culminating in an exceptionally long finish.
2016 - 2024
96
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
One of the greatest sparkling shirazes of all, with considerable concentration, leading out rich and full, fanning out into a tightly defined palate, finishing savoury, honed and impeccably constrained. It’s laced together with very fine, firm tannins, yet never aggressive nor obvious, melding seamlessly with black and blue fruits and gentle sweetness. Old Wendouree vines infuse definition, effortless concentration and poised restraint.
Wine Taste Edition 102 2013
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
The grapes come from Wendouree, 50% from the 1919 plantings, 50% from the '97. Open-fermented, hand-plunged, and held for 4 year in an aged 2250-litre cask; bottled '09 and disgorged May '12.50% disgorged one more time. Blueberries, crushed ants. Licorice and dark chocolate are laced together with very fine tannins, rich fortified shiraz, and refreshingly low alchohol. Well-toned power.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
96
Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says
There is no suggestion of the region nor the vineyard on the bottle and there needn’t be, because the wine it contains carries the unmistakable stamp of the ancient vines of Wendouree. It captures a depth and intensity of fruit with an amplitude unreached by many wines besides Penfolds Grange itself, yet simultaneously upholding a bright and vibrant fruit core. The complexity on parade here is time-stopping: liquorice, black olives, satsuma plums, blueberries and mixed spice, and that’s just the bouquet. The palate adds notes of tar and coal. With seven years behind it, the interplay between primary fruit and secondary complexity is captivating, balanced with sweetness from fortified liqueur shiraz. The tannins are firm yet fine and silky, the length and line, mind-boggling, and the longevity, who knows? A sparkling shiraz that may have no equal anywhere in the world. 
96
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A lovely, full-flavoured wine which spends 4 years in old oak before tirage and the second fermentation; sweetness a little over the top for some, perhaps.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90

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