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Saltram Mamre Brook Barossa Shiraz

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Saltrams step it up here with this Mamre Brook shiraz from a pretty fine vintage. It's a full-bodied, rich number that shows ripe smells of sweet plums, black olives, pepper and anise spices, and toasted cedar on the nose. The palate is plush and juicy, with sumptuous spiced plum flavours, a solid line of savoury tannins, and a tight cedary, toasty finish. It will cellar for at least a decade, but if you can't wait, give it plenty of air and served with roast beef. 

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Dark red.

Nose: This full bodied Shiraz is generous in flavour with notes of savoury black olive complemented with notes of dark berry fruit and savoury spice.

Palate: The palate is elegantly balanced and textural with layers of fine tannins providing the wine a backbone for the lengthy flavours of chocolate, dark cherry and plums.

Cellaring: This wine will gain complexity and interest over the next six to eight years if cellared correctly.

Alcohol: 14%

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Saltram Mamre Brook Barossa Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A cellar style shiraz of typical Barossa richness and Saltram longevity. Samoky, fiery aromas of blackberries, redcurrants, dark plums and briar are lifted by sweet floral and spicy notes and backed by cedary oak. Supported by a firm, drying spine of ceundhy tannin, its long, densely packed flavours of dark plums, blackberries, bramble and chocolate/vanilla oak culminate in a finely balanced and persistent finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A sumptuous, juicy Barossa shiraz with weight, texture and structure. Its spicy, confiture-like and assertively oaked bouquet of cassis, redcurrants and raspberries is backed by toasty, cedary and vanilla aromas, plus a slightly baked suggestion of currants. It's deeply fruited, evenly ripened, thick and juicy but deftly integrated with chocolatey oak and firm, drying tannins. It just needs time in the cellar.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; extremely rich, full-bodied shiraz, with voluminous blackberry and blood plum fruit offset by savoury, dusty tannins running through the length of the palate; will live for decades. New label design a winner.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A moderately rich modem Barossa shiraz that holds its 15.5% alcohol remarkably well, although its fruit is fractionally sweet and confectionery. Deep, dark and briary, its spicy aromas of blackcurrants, raisins and prunes are coupled with dark chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak, but retain brightness and intensity. It's luscious and smooth, with confiture-like black and red berry flavours and sweet oak underpinned by fine, supple tannins, finishing with lingering savoury and meaty aspects.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep colour; in the powerful, full-bodied style expected of Mamre Brook, oozing with black fruits, tar, licorice and prune flavours that partially obscure the alcohol; the most surprising aspect is the tatty, pockmarked, wine-stained cork for a wine with an otherwise minimum 20-year cellaring future
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
The quality of Mamre Brook Shiraz leaps about from year to year: unusual for a big-company wine. There's no leaping about here, though - Mattinson was heard to wonder aloud why big-red lovers would bother drinking anything else. The perfect blokey red. Loaded with coconut oak, but its thick, blackberried fruit is up to the challenge, plus there's tar, mint and licorice rolling around too. Dense flavour with a warm hug of alcohol - you can't help but like the big, silly bugger. Fine, submerged tannin and a shout of coffee oak on the finish. We're in.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep colour; unashamedly full-bodied with masses of blackberry fruit and firm but ripe tannins; good oak and great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
The quality of Mamre Brook shiraz leaps about from year to year, unusual for a big company winery. When it's good, it does the sumptuous Barossan shiraz style as well as anyone. 2005 RELEASE This is a good one. Its dark-centred, chocolaty fruit flavours melt in your mouth, helped along by creamy, coffeed, super-smooth oak. It's so rich and slippery it tastes glycerol, its high alcohol noticeable but thoroughly at ease with the overall big-hearted style of the wine. I kept drinking it and kept loving it. It's got richness and smoothness galore. Just don't expect subtlety, DRINK 2008-2015.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Excellent purple hue; an attractive medium-bodied array of licorice, black cherry and blackberry fruit with neatly integrated and balanced vanilla oak; fine tannins, long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A supple, deeply flavoured and crowd-pleasing shiraz of the early-drinking Barossa style its heady, floral and slightly aromas of wild blue-berries raspberries, confection and pristine blackcurrant fruit overlie nuances of plums and sweet vanilla oak. Silky-smooth and luscious, its juicy expression of blackberries, raspberries and creamy vanilla oak is supported by fine tannins and finished with bright, refreshing acids. It leaves a spicy fennel like aftertaste.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Extremely powerful black fruits and oak, just avoiding going over the top; long and convincing. Archetypal Barossa Shiraz. Gold medal National Wine Show '05.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Built in heroic style, with blackberry, blackcurrant, tannins and oak folding together. Patience demanded.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; quite ripe, dark berry fruit aromas, with chocolate nuances flow into a palate with luscious, but not jammy, fruit, subtle oak and soft tannins. A major success for the vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; a complex, rich bouquet with a rainbow of aromas running through liquorice, leather, berry, vanilla and mint. The palate offers all of the above together with a delicious dollop of chocolate.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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