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Capercaillie Ceilidh Shiraz

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"The Ceilidh is Celtic for a get together or party and that’s exactly what you’ll get in the glass, a pure party of Shiraz on the palate. Interestingly for a Hunter winery this wine is crafted with Wrattonbully and McLaren Vale fruit. This is no shrinking violet so get a large steak ready to pair with this monster wine. It has a fruitcake intensity, a big whack of flavor yet a soft and velvety finish. "

Winemaker's Notes

From the Gaelic for a gathering, a get together or a party, which is often accompanied by singing, dancing and music, comes our Ceilidh Shiraz. Fruit parcels from vineyards in Wrattonbully (51%) and McLaren Vale (49%) have been combined in this rich full bodied style. Matured in a mix of French and American oak barriques for 18 months before final blending, it received minimal fining and filtration before bottling.

Deep red in colour with mint, Christmas cake and American oak aromas. This is a huge wine with lashings of plum and fruit cake flavours, exhibiting great mouth feel and tannin length. Soft and velvety with an explosion of varietal flavours. 16.0% Alc/Vol.

This wine is typical of the drought conditions which afflicted South Australia in the 2008 vintage producing a style with intensely concentrated flavours. The usual addition of a parcel of Hunter Shiraz is missing from this wine due to the 2008 vintage being the wettest on record and hence very little if any Shiraz was ever picked from this region.

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Capercaillie Ceilidh Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Sweet and pruney, with a forward, rather baked and minty presence of small black and red berries, lacking genuine length and finishing quite skinny and sappy.
2010-2013
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
83
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A balanced, composed and flavoursome shiraz that lacks emphasis and highlight. It's meaty, minty and leathery, evolved and rustic, with an earthy scent of red flowers and flavours of dark plums, red berries and menthol backed by chocolatey influences. It's moderately intense and firm, quite long, pliant and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
These are more South Australian with their fuller ripe characters.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A fragrant array of red fruit aromas, then an elegance in the mouth which gives no hint of the alcohol; the oak also restrained. Masterly winemaking. Hunter Valley 50%/McLarenVale 35%/Barossa 15%.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
These are more South Australian with their fuller ripe characters.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Meaty, rather spirity and porty aromas of currant-like fruit, dark chocolates and raisins with undertones of menthol precede a rather cooked and stewy palate that relies on some decent American oakto lift its sweetness and brightness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
86
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
These are more South Australian with their fuller ripe characters.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
An interesting blend; while quite powerful (McLaren Vale 65%) it also has elegance (Hunter Valley). Plum, blackberry and chocolate in the mouth, with good balance and soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A cheerful marriage between the sour-edged cassis and plum-like flavours of McLaren Vale shiraz with the more leathery qualities of the same variety from the Hunter Valley. Its wild, briary aromas of dark berries, plums, dark chocolate and restrained oak precede a long, vibrant and persistent palate that will settle down and find more balance in the short to medium term.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant medium-bodied wine, with both the flavour and structure of McLaren Vale (65%) doing most of the work. Supple, smooth red and black fruits; fine, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the attractive bouquet has dark plum, blackberry and subtle oak aromas, gaining pace on the smooth, rich palate with its nice blend of varietal fruit inputs in a broadly plummy spectrum; nice oak and soft tannins. A blend of McLaren Vale and Hunter Valley grapes.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; clean, sweet, dark plum and subtle oak on the bouquet is followed by a sweet, soft palate with supple fruit and minimal tannins. Nicely put together, but lacks depth. A blend of Hunter Valley, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale grapes.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85

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