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Glenguin Schoolhouse Block Shiraz

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Glenguin Estate proudly uses organic practices to produce wines that best sum up the Hunter. They specialise in the varieties of Semillon and Shiraz and have been received with much critical acclaim including a much-desired Five Star rating from wine critic James Halliday. This is as regional as Hunter Shiraz can get, showing immense concentration and much medium bodied charm. There is subtlety as well as power that ensure it will work superbly with food.

Winemaker's Notes

Has the spicy savoury characters and distinctive dry tannin grip to enable long bottle development over more than a decade. The gravel soils and very low yields of even fully ripe fruit make a wine of great depth and complexity possible.

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Glenguin Schoolhouse Block Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good purple-crimson; a top-class Hunter Valley shiraz in the making; the plum and blackberry fruit has excellent balance and varietal definition, its future development and development of Hunter character assured.
2029
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Appealing regional shiraz savoury coal dust earthy mineral aromas lead to silky texture and Classic regional medium bodied cooked plum and clove flavours.
2017
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The twist of co-fermented viognier has taken the colour to purple and lifted the fragrance of the bouquet; the medium-bodied palate, too, has energy and drive, with spicy characters emerging with the blackberry and plum fruit. A subtle nod to the Rhone Valley with the Burgundy-shaped bottle.
To 2027
Australian Wine Companion 2011
95
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Appealing regional shiraz, good texture and flavours.
2015
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Super-concentrated and inky-smelling nose, with iodine and some boot polish too. Opens to some deep plum and anise spices, verging on earthy. There's impressive flavour concentration with lingering red plum fruit flavour and fine, easy tannins that slide through the finish smoothly. Approachable and balanced, drinking well now. Will age over the medium term too.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Appealing regional shiraz, good texture and flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Firm structure; very earthy, savoury characters with strong dark chocolate notes along with blackberry fruit; the tannins are obvious, but not dry or aggressive.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Appealing regional shiraz, good texture and flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Substantial wine; an abundance of savoury/earthy black fruits; good texture from ripe tannins; sensible oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Savoury, earthy, spicy regional characters to the black fruits; fine-grained tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Complex briar, earth, dark chocolate and berry aromas; savoury palate and finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; sweet plum and prune aromas and positive oak lead into a palate which opens with luscious fruit; slightly hard tannins emphasise the acidity on the finish. All arms and legs now, but virtually guaranteed to sort itself out with time in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Bright purple red of medium depth; the clean and fresh bouquet has black cherry/berry fruit to the fore, with a touch of spice coming through, partly oak-derived. The palate has excellent texture and feel, tighter and finer than the other Glenguin Shiraz; silky tannins run through a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90

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