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Hewitson L'Oizeau Shiraz

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Cracka Review

Full bodied and has concentrated blackberry fruit balanced by French oak and fine-grained tannins. Like prior vintages of L'Oizeau, this wine is all about complexity and class.

The palate continues the theme of complexity and savoury characters: red and black fruits, spice, earth characters, soft tannins and dusty oak. The balance is impeccable with a long, harmonious finish to the wine. 2001 L'Oizeau is a great food wine, suiting most red and game meats and will benefit with medium term cellaring.

Winemaker's Notes

Full bodied and has concentrated blackberry fruit balanced by French oak and fine-grained tannins. Like prior vintages of L'Oizeau, this wine is all about complexity and class.

The palate continues the theme of complexity and savoury characters: red and black fruits, spice, earth characters, soft tannins and dusty oak. The balance is impeccable with a long, harmonious finish to the wine. 2001 L'Oizeau is a great food wine, suiting most red and game meats and will benefit with medium term cellaring.

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Hewitson L'Oizeau Shiraz

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James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Complex, spicy blackberry fruit and oak aromas; a super-elegant, graceful palate of black fruits, dark chocolate and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A generous but elegant shiraz whose slightly closed and earthy aromas of plums and prunes, chocolate and leather overlie pleasing walnut-like aromas. Moderately rich, it reveals an old-fashioned, spicy and slightly overcooked palate with pleasing softness and fruit sweetness. It finishes soft and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet offers plum, berry and a hint of chocolate alongside subtle oak. The palate has good balance and extraction of sweet fruit; the limitations of the wine lie with the vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red, with a slightly dull purple hue; the bouquet is clean, but somewhat muted, with chocolate, cedar and earth peeping through. The palate has a slightly curious mix of ripe plummy fruit, a hint of cedar, and brisk acidity. Less convincing than some of the earlier releases, notwithstanding the old vine source. Presumably just the less than perfect vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
87
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; ripe, concentrated plum, prune and earth fruit on the bouquet is repeated on the palate, with touches of mint. Overall, very ripe, and seemingly higher than the 13.5 degrees alcohol. To be hypercritical, a fraction extractive.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; ripe, concentrated plum, prune and earth fruit on the bouquet is repeated on the palate, with touches of mint. Overall, very ripe, and seemingly higher than the 13.5 degrees alcohol. To be hypercritical, a fraction extractive.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
89

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