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Deonte 'Reserve 710' Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Here we have a surprisingly elegant shiraz from an excellent year in the Barossa that will satisfy those who like their shirazes with a bit more grace. Ripe dark and blue fruits adorn the nose, together with whiffs of star anise spice and dried herbs. Meanwhile, the palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with an abundance of sweet, silky fruits, licks of savoury earthiness, some tightness to the fine tannins and a toasted vanilla and plum finish that has some real push. Stick some in the cellar and watch it blossom.

Winemaker's Notes

This super premium shiraz was made from high quality fruit, the majority of which was hand harvested from very old vines dry grown in the Barossa Valley. It was wild fermented and aged for 24 months in a combination of new and used French oak vessels made by the finest French coopers.

Nose: A highly perfumed nose featuring a complex and heady array of fruit and subtle oak aromas.

Palate: Deeply concentrated fruit flavours of blackberry, plum, blueberry and mulberry are joined by fine oak flavours on the seductively silky, velvety palate. The finish is extremely long and refined.

Cellaring: Although approachable now, this superb wine will reward extended cellaring.

Alcohol: 14.3%

Reviews and Accolades

A deep vibrant violet core with ruby tints. The most vibrant colouring of the wines. On the nose, there are aromas of violet candies, black cherries and blueberry jubes. There’s also a slight clove and cinnamon spice that is likely imparted by the oak maturation of the wine. The palate is fresh and savoury with notes of black olive, sage, and a slight ferrous earthiness. The fruit is plummy and the wine is driven by long, fine and plentiful tannin. Balanced and young with 1 to 2 years before its drinking window opens. A wine with good finesse.
Joshua Elias - Tasting Group, 18-Feb-14.

Joshua Elias is Chief Editor of Alquimie Magazine and Master Sommelier.

Aug 2014, blended from four vineyards, dry grown vines ranging from 14 to 102 year old, deep purple with ruby edges, quite perfumed, black cherry and blueberry essence with black olive, liquorice, pepper and dried herb notes, glycerolly medium-full bodied palate with some ironstone earthiness, slinky fine tannins with fresh citrussy acidity, some clove and vanilla from the various French oak regimes, needs some time but will reward patience.
4.5 Stars - GenXY Wine Reviews.


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Deonte 'Reserve 710' Barossa Valley Shiraz

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Said to be from very old vines in a great single vineyard in the Barossa Valley, but with no further identification; wild-fermented, then matured in new and used French oak. It is deeply coloured, and certainly supports the general background gleaned from the back label; it has abundant black fruits, together with touches of licorice, the French oak in centre stage at the moment; the depth of the fruit, and its ripe tannins, gives cause for hope that the oak will politely move off to the side of the stage.
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