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Capercaillie The Ghillie Shiraz

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"It’s not often that you’ll be able to get your ‘Ghillie’ out in public, as this premium wine from Capercaillie is for special occasions only. Made only in exceptional vintages with the best quality Hunter fruit, this wine is a classic depiction of the region. Already awarded two trophies and five gold, this wine delivers a medium-bodied, savoury style that’s rich in plum and spice with notes of earth and leather. "

Winemaker's Notes

The Ghillie is made only in excellent years but always 100% Hunter Valley, and the fruit comes from a small parcel grown on a single vineyard in Pokolbin. The 35 year old vines produce fruit of consistently outstanding quality.

The colour is deep red with purple hues. The nose is aromatic and vibrant in fruit profile with aromas of plum, mulberry, savoury spice together with hints of leather.

The palate is medium bodied and savoury in style, this wine is fairly big for this region which is indicative of the great vintage we had in 2007. Plentiful plum and mulberry flavours, a generous mid palate weight followed by a ripe tannin finish. 14.5% Alc/Vol.

Past vintages of Ghillie have been limited to very small volumes due to the scarcity of this top quality fruit resulting in the substantial price. In 2007 we were lucky enough to have more fruit available and can therefore offer this vintage at the great price of $50 (Clan Members price $48) per bottle.

Wine Show Awards

2 Trophies, 5 Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze Medals

Relatively light colour; a classic Hunter style that, while seemingly light in body, will continue to develop over decades thanks to flawless balance and length. 94 James Hallidays Wine Companion 2010

3 ½ Stars Winestate Sep/Oct 2010:

Simple cherry/raspberry like aromas and big, tannic and astringent in the mouth, with red berry flavours.

Highly Recommended Winewise August 2010: Heres a true Hunter classic that is gloriously fresh and perfumed. The intense blackberry flavour is very long on the palate and is supported by a firm tannin backbone. Cellar for as long as you like.

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Capercaillie The Ghillie Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Earthy, meaty and chocolate-like aromas of dark plums and berries precede a forward, rather cooked and tiring palate whose slightly baked impression of currants and plums lacks genuine length of fruit sweetness, finishing thin and slightly sappy. With aeration it does open up more, revealing some handsome oak, but it lacks its usual length and structure.
2009-2012
Australian Wine Annual 2010
86
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Hunter-style ripe soft fruit and attractive oak.
2019
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Relatively light colour; a classic Hunter style that, while seemingly light in body, will continue to develop over decades thanks to flawless balance and length.
2027
Australian Wine Companion 2010
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has similar elegance to the Ceilidh, and a not dissimilar fruit-driven flavour profile, showing its extra class through length on the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Hunter-style ripe soft fruit and attractive oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A medium-bodied, finely crafted wine; black and red fruits, with silky tannins and a long finish.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Slightly under-ripened and over-oaked, with a spicy, reductive and smoky background beneath its intense aromas of dark cherries and plums. Full to medium in weight, it's meaty and green-edged, with a moderately rich expression of dark plums, olives and cassis supported by fractionally metallic tannins.
2007-2010+
Australian Wine Annual 2009
87
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Hunter-style ripe soft fruit and attractive oak.
2015
Australian Wine Vintages
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Lives up to all expectations when first tasted three years ago; elegant and focused; spotlessly clean and pure; lovely ripe plum and blackberry fruit; medium-bodied, with perfect control of tannins and extract; minimum 20 years.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Something of a revelation, this exceptional Hunter shiraz has a violet-like perfume of sweet, spicy raspberries, plums, cherries and cassis, backed by sweet vanilla/mocha oak and appealing varietal nuances of black pepper. Smooth, sumptuous and concentrated, but full to medium in weight, its inky palate is saturated with penetrative flavours of dark plums and berries, with undertones of spice, leather and smart new oak. It has structure and focus a plenty.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Sweet dark plum, spice and a touch of regional leather; soft, quite velvety mouthfeel; very good finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Bright purple-red; clean, fresh black cherry/blackberry fruit and nicely controlled oak on the bouquet leads into a medium-bodied palate, with excellent fruit focus. Very well made and balanced, combining elegance and flavour, finishing with fine tannins. A much gentler touch than the '99 vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92

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