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Capel Vale Whispering Hill Shiraz

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Cracka Review

This single vineyard wine from Western Australia is something to shout about rather than whisper. It's a concentrated number with vivid red and black fruits on the nose, whilst the palate shows fleshy fruit, a lick of pepper spice, fine, evident tannins and a decent, dry finish. Would be great with steak and kidney pie.

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Intense aromas of pepper, red berries and spice.

Palate: Rich and full of powerful red and black fruits with fine grained, firm tannins. With time this wine develops a unique honeycomb character.

Food: Red game meats, lamb and rich beef dishes, grilled beef fillet with celeriac puree.

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Capel Vale Whispering Hill Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A fuller, riper, oakier Rhône-inspired shiraz that is just a little exaggerated for a higher rating. Pungent, meaty aromas of blackberries, dark plums and blueberries knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak reveal nuances of cracked pepper and graphite. It’s sumptuous and deeply flavoured, very polished and oaky, with a gentle, treacle-like ripeness and a fine, silky texture, finishing with pleasing length, elegance and some savoury qualities.
2019-2023
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A charming, complex and complete savoury Rh™ney shiraz whose spicy, musky perfume of blackberries, dark plums, dark chocolate and briar reveals undertones of cola, briar and dried herbs, with a faint meatiness. Medium to full-bodied, it's long and savoury, with a wild, meaty presence of dark berries and plums supported by firmish, dusty tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual
94
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Excellent vintage in Mount Barker that has been brilliant captured in this marvellous example of Great Southern shiraz. Savoury and plummy fruit with a sprinkle of pepper and spice. The palate is s plush and luxurious with delicious flavours of multi-layered complexity. One of the best from these guys.
WA Wine Guide 2013
96
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
This vineyard'shows more red fruits than the black fruits of traditional Australian shiraz. Will show meat stock spicy and savoury flavours with age. The 2009 is white pepper spice with red raspberry licorice fruit aromas and appealing initial soft tannins fruit weight and ripeness.
2015
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good crimson hue; an elegant, sophisticated shiraz, bringing spicy fruit, French oak and persistent, fine-grained tannins into immediate play; has deceptive power and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Richly textured and lavish shiraz from the Whispering Hill Mount Barker vineyard. There's an earthy pepper and spice character on the nose, while on the palate darker earthier notes are revealed. Densely concentrated yet with a smooth rounded palate structure. Still only very young and a wine that will definitely show its best in a few years.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
93
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
This vineyard'shows more red fruits than the black fruits of traditional Australian shiraz. Will show meat stock spicy and savoury flavours with age.
Rob Geddes MW
87
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A very good wine that would have been significantly better at a lower alcoholic strength. It's marginally spirity, with a faintly over-ripe aspect, but does present a floral perfume and heady, spicy, musky bouquet of small black and red berries, plums and fresh chocolate/vanilla oak lifted by a whiff of black pepper and a suggestion of charcuterie meat. Smooth and generous, it's richly concentrated and handsomely oaked, finishing with notes of dark plums and currants, a firm drying extract plus a hint of mineral and spirit.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Fragrant, zesty, lively mouth-feel and thrust, but is as yet distinctly oaky.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Sourced from the established Whispering Hill vineyard at Mt Barker. There's awesome power delivered with a delicious style. Earthy notes on the nose with touches of plum and light cedary. The palate packs some oomph with a robust, weighty mouth feel. I tasted this a year ago and now that everything has knitted into place it has moved up another notch. This makes a real statement for Capel Vale.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A little confectionery bouquet, with Turkish delight and red fruits; quite spicy, but slightly loose on the finish; good flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
This vineyard shows more red fruits than the black fruits of traditional Australian shiraz. Will show meat stock, spicy and savoury flavours with age.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
This vineyard shows more red fruits than the black fruits of traditional Australian shiraz. Will show meat stock, spicy and savoury flavours with age.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87

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