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Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz

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If you had a prized block of Shiraz dating back to 1975 and the vintage conditions were perfect you’d want to show it off. Well that’s exactly what Wayne Dutschke has done with this reserve release. Once the best barrels of fruit were picked they were confined to lavish French oak for 21 months, the result is a wine of immense concentration with a dense fruit palate of black berry and plum. It’s spicy and firm with a good acid structure ensuring it will go the distance in the cellar.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2012 Oscar Semmler Shiraz is a full bodied, ripe and generously fruit filled wine, showing mid palate flavours characteristic of dark cherry and black berries. 

Palate: The spicy French oak characters and fine grain grape tannins compliment the round fruit-focussed palate concentration. The finish is long, with firm tannins and clean acidity.

Cellaring: It’s a wine that will further soften and develop in complexity with careful cellaring. Drink now to 2027.

Alcohol: 14.8%

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Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
2012 represents one of my favourite vintages from Wayne Dutschke, possessing a calm and poised demeanour, yet upholding the luscious succulence of black fruit character that we adore in his wines. Oscar exemplifies all there is to love about his 2012s, glossy, yet with more dignity than ever. The hue is an impressively full, vibrant purple. Fruit and oak meld in aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice, then opening marvellously into juicy, spicy black fruits of all kinds, even notes of plum pudding. The palate commands grand intensity and presence with polished black fruits that pervade every corner of the mouth – yet in no way intimidating. Such is its polish, well gauged oak and intricately integrated yet firm, fine tannins that it is surprisingly moreish right away, yet possessing all the hallmarks that promise a great future.
Wine Taste Weekly Edition 149 2014
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
2010 is an Oscar of lush concentration yet consummate precision, a flagship for all that is wonderful about Barossa shiraz. In depth of colour and palate concentration, it is nothing less than immense, ricocheting with powerful blackberries, blueberries, plums and liquorice that seem to coast just under the surface. The crucial secret that elevates Oscar above an ocean of OTT Barossa shiraz is that for its monumental proportions, its definition is sheer brilliance, aided by firmly supportive yet finely structured and integrated tannins, with dark chocolate and coffee oak sitting well below a sheer ocean of fruit.
2018 - 2025
Wine Taste Edition 67
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Full crimson-purple; the quality of the vintage shines through in this distinguished wine, with its array of juicy dark fruits and spice framed by quality oak and fine, persistent tannins. At the start of a long, multifaceted life.
To 2040
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Oscar is at risk of going a bit OTT in density of plum, prune, coal and liquorice fruit, but not here. He keeps full control, thanks to finely-gauged oak and a honed structure.
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; an intense yet elegant wine, with a panoply of spice, licorice and black fruits on the bouquet gathering pace and drive on the highly focused and long palate, the finish long and the aftertaste lingering for minutes.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Is this the greatest Oscar ever? Time will tell, but there is no question that the 2008 vintage represents the finest set of reds to emerge from Wayne Dutschke's infamous Lyndoch shed. Under 15% alcohol (hoorah!), there is monumental power and inky concentration here, but at the same time balance, textural line and driving persistence.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep colour; the bouquet has blackberry, plum, dark chocolate and licorice in varying degrees; the full-bodied palate has more textural play than the Single Vineyard, with savoury tannins and oak playing a significant role.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Wayne Dutschke's top-flight shiraz has a stoic, ripe appeal in 2006, a vintage that has been slow to build and promises great longevity. This smells of dark spiced plum, plum liqueur, blackberry and tight-grained cedary oak. The palate carrjes Lyndoch's red and dark berries within fine yet sturdy tannins, quite fleshy through the middle and wrapped in tight through the finish. Already drinking well, this will continue to enrich in bottle for some years yet.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Demonstrates the Barossa Valley's capacity to produce shiraz with enormous depth and length without dead fruit; just mouth-watering, velvety shiraz flavours, tannins and oak in the chorus.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Finely crafted; the wine builds flavour progressively through to the long finish; here gently spicy tannins and quality oak coalesce.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Tightly focused blackberry, plum and spice fruit; has depth and good tannins, the oak well integrated. Carries its alcohol with ease.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good purple-red; nicely proportioned and balanced; plum and blackberry fruit with subtle oak; overall, surprising elegance.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Powerful, but neither jammy nor hot; dark berries and bitter chocolate; fine tannins; excellent handling of French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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