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Petaluma Shiraz

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The nose is fragrant with blackberry and plum before these flavours are mirrored on the palate as well as a core of white pepper, which is so often a signature in Shiraz of the region. The oak and the fruit work harmoniously to present a wine that is balanced and a good match for a mild Indian curry.

Winemaker's Notes

A spicy, brooding aromatic dry red. The bouquet is fragrant with black fruits and loaded with spice and pepper. The palate has dark chocolate and delicate cinnamon oak and finishes with lovely black cherry and plum. Soft sandy ripe abundant tannins frame the finish and herald this as a wine that will age gracefully for many years.

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Petaluma Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This wine is a delightful juxtaposition between the gorgeously pure fruit of a warm site in a warm vintage in a cool region, and the profoundly mineral, textural, granite-like tannin structure that defines this special vineyard. A wine of outstanding length and refinement, with fragrant notes of lifted violets, pure red cherries, plums and blackberries.
2018 - 2025
Wine Taste Special Edition 78
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a War and Peace back label rivals d'Arenberg; the wine spent 18 months in 75% new French oak, and the spicy black cherry and blackberry fruit has managed to maintain its integrity in the oak forest; good now, but with even better things in store.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
After various woes and catastrophes with corks, a welcome adoption of screwcap. Vibrant colour; the strikingly fragrant bouquet has spice, licorice and anise aromas, plus at least one other input hard to define, then a complex medium-bodied palate echoing the bouquet with both flavour and texture highlights circling around each other.
2033
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Vibrant colour; dark and brooding with lots of spicy oak framing the fruit; the palate is earthy and rich, with a savoury roast meat component; the wine needs time for all parts to integrate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
There's ripeness and spiciness here, but it's less of a crowd-pleaser than the 2006 - this is more structured and serious. We're betting on this one to age like a charm. It has tightly packed blackberry, dark cherry and mocha, its spicy tones ushering through on the finish. Needs to spend some years in a cool, dark place.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Elegant but positive cool-grown shiraz; black fruits shot through with spice, the palate long, the tannins fine.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Talk about the ultimate crowd-pleaser. This is licensed to thrill. It's syrupy and smooth, laced with spice and plumped out with pure, ripe, plum-shot flavour. There's cedary, spicy, glorious French oak and a fine, complex fan of flavour through the finish. One hundred per cent delicious.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Has the finesse expected of this name. Lovely balanced wines with spice cola liquorice and considerable oak with sweet blackberry flavours turning savoury on the finish.
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A voluminous bouquet speaks both for the 7% viognier co-fermented, and the 1. 8 months in 100% new French oak, characters faithfully reflected by the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Petaluma shiraz has been a good wine since its inception in 1998 but it's rarely reached great heights. For my money, this is about the best so far. 2005 RELEASE Maybe it's a bit oak-dominant and heavy-footed but there's a classiness here that makes it worth the money. It feels satiny in the mouth, its flavours of sour cherries, dark cherries, chocolate, bacon and blackberry jam richly concentrated and surely structured. It's a good drink now but it has been built for a decent cellaring life. DRINK 2010-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very complex lifted aromas and flavours ex 5% Viognier; black cherry, blackberry and spice; perfect oak; excellent mouthfeel and structure. High-class wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
96
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A briary, spicy perfume of blackberries and violets, cedar and walnuts, dried herbs and spearmint precedes a firm, oaky palate of full to medium weight. Well-ripened flavours of red cherries, redcurrants, plums and cassis reveal a slightly cooked aspect, while some plush, assertive oak sits above fine-grained and bony tannins. Good modern Rhone-like style with a future.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
93
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; fragrant, red cherry fruit with a substrate of spice on the bouquet, then a powerfully structured and layered palate, with abundant dark cherry fruit plus splashes of spice and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
95

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