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Five Geese Shiraz

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Our top value Shiraz for 2014

A big and bold Shiraz this one! Drawn from a 40 year old vineyard in the cool Blewitt Springs subregion this beauty couples that classic meaty plum McLaren Vale Shiraz goodness with power and weight. Delicious McLaren Vale red!

Winemaker's Notes

The beauty of Five Geese spans across 32 Hectares of vineyards located in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. Nestled in the north-eastern end of the Willunga Basin, Blewitt Springs lies about 180m above sea level. This slightly higher elevation provides a cooler climate than nearby McLaren Vale and Willunga. With cooler temperatures and moderating afternoon sea breezes, the grapes grown here enjoy a long, even ripening season.

Vintage in Blewitt Springs is often some two to three weeks later than the rest of the district. These extra weeks give the fruit time to develop more complex flavour ripeness, without the excessive baumes found in warmer areas. The grapes develop a beautiful balance of flavour, acidity, and sugar, which then translate into complex, but not overly alcoholic wines.

The Five Geese Shiraz is sourced from Blewitt Spings vineyard, planted in 1965. The soil is deep sand over clay and is minimally irrigated from a small amount of available surface water.

Vintage: 2012
Vine Age: 48
Soil Type: Sand over clay and ironstone base.
Clone: Mix of 1654, BVOVS5
Pruning: Cane pruning
Location: Blewiit Springs
Alcohol: 14.55
pH: 3.55

2012 was an outstanding vintage producing a wine with lots of dark berry flavours and excellent balance.

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Five Geese Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The estate vineyard that produced the grapes for this wine is situated in the cool Blewitt Springs area. Full and clear crimson-purple colour heralds a shiraz with excellent intensity and length, its savoury/spicy notes merely a complexing factor. A lovely medium-bodied wine
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
From Sue TrottÍs estate vineyard in the Blewitt Springs area; despite meticulous vineyard work, 50% of the grapes were discarded, and no Reserve wine was made in Í11. It has excellent colour and bouquet, but its most attractive feature is the fluid line in the mouth, and the overall spicy/juicy balance between fruit, oak and tannins.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red; the impact of the distinctly cooler Blewitt Springs area is immediately obvious, with fine spicy notes running through the black cherry and chocolate fruit at the core of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Angus Hughson (2008 Vintage) says
Ripe and generous in an eer so rustic style with some American oak. Open knit, fleshy with fine grained tannins, it is an unpretentious style finishing with genuine length.
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong colour; archetypal regional aromas of dark chocolate, plum and blackberry, the medium- to full-bodied palate a dense and rich reprise of the bouquet.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue, although not particularly deep; the bouquet immediately proclaims its regional birthplace, chocolate, plum and vanilla all on display, and rolling through the generous palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A delicious medium-bodied wine that shows fully ripe fruit (though not jammy or dead) can be achieved in McLaren Vale; the red fruit flavours lilt in the mouth, vanillin oak entirely in tune with the fruit
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Abundant and generous blackberry, plum and black cherry fruits; fine tannins and dashes of regional chocolate and spice; American oak well controlled, ditto alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; very good texture and structure; ripe tannins run throughout the blackberry and cherry fruit; overall elegance.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A rich, smooth and velvety array of black fruits, dark chocolate and vanilla/mocha oak. Ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93

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