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Chateau Reynella Basket Press Shiraz

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Chateau Reynella Basket Press Shiraz

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a faultless evocation of all things McLaren Vale, with a dark chocolate coat surrounding the wonderfully supple red and black fruits of the palate and its velvety tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong, deep crimson; this is the very essence of McLaren Vale, verging on a caricature, so potent is the overlay of bitter chocolate to the black fruits and firm, ripe tannins; there is not a hint of dead fruit here. Gold medal Adelaide Wine Show '10 was no surprise.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Sumptuous and assertive, but sporting exemplary balance and elegance, this deeply flavoured shiraz has a heady bouquet of star anise, licorice, white pepper and meaty oak beneath its intense aromas of blackberries, dark plums and smoky suggestions of old brandy. Long and drying, with a fine-grained backbone beneath its opulent palate of dark fruit and tightly-knit oak, it finishes with freshness and persistence.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep colour; heavily toasted oak comes to the fore, supported by generous levels of deep black fruit and dark chocolate; full-bodied, full-blooded and foil of chewy tannins and dark fruit; completely unevolved, time is needed for all parts to come together.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A wonderfully sumptuous and traditional shiraz whose profound depth of sour-edged plum and blackberry flavour simply exudes McLaren Vale regionality. Backed by meaty, leathery nuances, dark olives and dark chocolates, it's powerful, firm and loose-knit, with its plush, concentrated fruit underpinned by coarse linen tannins. It finishes with excellent length and weight, flavoured with dark plums and cassis, with lingering nuances of cedar, prune and bitumen.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A powerhouse wine; incredible concentration and depth, with toasty oak, chocolate, and essency blackberry fruit; mocha comes through on the palate, and the wine represents the essence of the region; dark, dense chewy and generous, with light acidity freshening the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Overall a savoury nose but thereÕs some Christmas cake fruit character there too. Big, full-flavoured palate with lovely long tannins and everything in seamless balance.
Winestate 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
There won't be an Eileen Hardy Shiraz made from the 2006 vintage (the first vintage to miss since the late 1980s), so the grapes went into this. Quite a beauty. It smells of hay and tastes of asphalt, blackberries, ink and plums, and has a real-beaut, solid, muscular frame of tannin encasing it. Substance plus. It's matured in all-French oak, and you could sum it up as a blockbuster with balance.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A very old-fashioned, long-term shiraz whose deep, dark and brooding expression of dark plums and berries soak up sweet vanilla/coconut oak. Laced with cinnamon, clove and licorice, it's wild and heady. Underpinned by firm, fine and drying tannins, its palate slowly unfolds sumptuous layers of sweet, concentrated fruit, becoming more smooth and creamy the longer it stays in the glass. Thank heavens for these old vineyards!
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
The 2005 vintage was excellent in McLaren Vale, particularly for shiraz. If any producer is set to capitalise on good shiraz conditions it's Hardys; they are the cornerstone of the McLaren Vale region. 2005 RELEASE A big wine but firm and controlled, the plummy, chocolaty, glycerol fruitiness of it kept securely in place by grainy, chalky, superfine tannins. A very impressive, high quality wine. It's weighty in its flavour too, though not overly so. And the longer it's opened, the more persistent it seems, and the classier its structure. Hardys should be proud of this one. Big on flavour, and big on quality. DRINK 2008-2013.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly jammy and old-fashioned, with heady, ripe and briary aromas of dark plums, red and black berries backed by chocolate/vanilla oak and musky nuances of cinnamon and cloves. Coated by firm and tightly knit tannins, its palate-staining, sour-edged expression of dark berries and plums reveals a tangy and faintly mineral saltiness. Very full and rich, but also balanced and harmonious.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Deep red; a distinctly ripe, fractionally extractive bouquet with a degree of charry, resinous oak. A heavyhitting style on the palate, with forceful oak and forceful fruit. A gender touch might have produced an even better, if slightly smaller, wine.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997

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