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Scotchmans Hill Cornelius Syrah

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This is a lovely, fuller style of shiraz from Scotchmans Hill that has that perfumed, whole-bunchy appeal. Aromas of red berries, violets, baked spices and toast decorate the nose and intoxicate the senses, before the palate chimes in with juicy spiced cherries, fine evident tannins, and a poised, almost elegant finish with a kick of toasted cedar in the tail. Bring on the lamb stew!

Winemaker's Notes

Perfumed nose of red fruits, raspberries, spice, sappy notes from whole bunches in ferment and toasty oak. The palate is unctuous with red fruits, sappy notes, touch of liquorice, spice and a long toasty oak finish. Fine grain tannins and firm acid gives the wine excellent structure, length and longevity to be enjoyed over the next 8 to 10 years.

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Scotchmans Hill Cornelius Syrah

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; the bouquet ranges through blackberry, back cherry, spice, pepper and licorice, all of which come through on the vibrantly flavoured palate, proclaiming its cool climate; the tannins are perfectly pitched, the finish exceptionally long.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
96
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A fragrant and red-fruited bouquet, with lots of spice, toasty oak and a splash of sea salt; the palate is medium-bodied, fragrant and fresh, with fine-grained tannins providing a seamless and harmonious finish. 
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; hand-picked, 75% de-stemmed, 25% whole bunches, wild ferment, hand-plunged twice daily, one-third new French oak for 18 months, mlf in barrel, lightly fined, filtered. A lot of attention to detail, but rewarded with a top-class cool-climate shiraz; great mouthfeel to flavours of delicious black cherry, spice and quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; a distinguished cool-climate shiraz, with fragrant spice, pepper and black fruit aromas, then a medium- to full-bodied palate with great drive and length, tannins and oak in unison with the fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Delicious wine; sophisticated winery handling, with 25% whole bunches in 3-tonne fermenters, 16 months in one-third new French oak all adding to the appeal; very good balance and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Developed colour; not up to the other Cornelius wines, despite Rolls-Royce treatment in the winery; not enough fruit power to build on despite the alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
When folks talk of high alcohol reds they're usually referring to the wines of the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley regions. Fact is - amazingly - there are an increasing number from regions like Geelong, the Yarra Valley and Margaret River, all supposedly 'cool climate' regions. This wine is fifteen per cent alcohol. 2005 RELEASE Despite its high alcohol it smells like a mix of herb and tomato bushes, strange considering that there are also porty, overripe smells too. Taste it and you get more of the same, though in a far more delicious context. It sure is an interesting wine. It's quite persistent through the finish and will age well - though those under-ripe, herbal, stalky characters will always be evident, DRINK 2010-2016.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
89

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