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Brand's Laira Stentiford's Old Vine Shiraz

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Brand's Laira Stentiford's Old Vine Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
An older style of leathery and cedary shiraz that should become more polished with age. Its very ripe aromas of cassis, raspberries and dark plums reveal undertones of iodide, menthol and dried herbs. Long and smooth, its rather concentrated berry and currant-like fruit is framed by slightly edgy, grainy tannin and backed by nuances of graphite and herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Excellent hue, bright and clear; the fragrant bouquet of red and black cherry, plum and spice leads into an elegant, medium-bodied palate supported by fine tannins; not a 'showy' wine, but nonetheless has won two gold and three silver medals.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
This a wonderful savoury style with fresh turned earth meat stock and pepper combining in an elegant firm middle palate with a dense full and dry finish.
Rob Geddes MW
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Produced from the shiraz block planted in 1893, with that effortless intensity and length given by very old vines, black fruits on the mid-palate, moving into a more savoury finish, the tannins ripe and fine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
This is grown on a vineyard that was planted in 1893. Shiraz vineyards in Coonawarra with that kind of history are rare - actually, they're pretty rare anywhere in the world. The price factors in that rarity. It won't blow you away. For starters, it shows some signs of development, which means that it has started to soften and mellow with age. There are now leathery and dusty flavours matched to more primary (or youthful) flavours of musk, plum and vanillin. It has a gorgeous softness and satisfying length. Though you wouldn't call it super-persistent, it's a good wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
This a wonderful savoury style with fresh turned earth meat stock and pepper combining in an elegant firm middle palate with a dense full and dry finish.
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Retains good hue; has excellent structure, silky tannins running through the length of the palate, caressing the spicy black fruits, oak adding its support.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
This a wonderful savoury style with fresh turned earth meat stock and pepper combining in an elegant firm middle palate with a dense full and dry finish.
Rob Geddes MW
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A restrained yet intense display of old vine Coonawarra shiraz; seamless black cherry and blackberry, spice, oak and tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
This a wonderful savoury style with fresh turned earth meat stock and pepper combining in an elegant firm middle palate with a dense full and dry finish.
Rob Geddes MW
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Opens up convincingly on a long and complex, fruit-driven palate, with a mix of raspberry and blackberry fruit; integrated oak and fine tannins. Great outcome for a difficult vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93
Rob Geddes MW (2000 Vintage) says
This a wonderful savoury style with fresh turned earth meat stock and pepper combining in an elegant firm middle palate with a dense full and dry finish.
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; clean, fresh, red and black cherry fruit is neatly balanced by French oak on the bouquet, but on the palate the oak becomes just a little intrusive. The wine spent 26 months in new French oak; 18 months might have been better.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
93
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet is spotlessly clean, with smooth red berry/cherry and nicely handled vanillin oak. Intense, bright, sweet cherry fruit fills the palate; fine, soft tannins and subtle vanilla oak complete a particularly good wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
91
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
This debut release is packed with complex, dark red stone-fruit aroma; the palate has much more substance and structure than the standard release, with hints of cedar and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
95

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