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Stringy Brae Shiraz

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The joys of an extra year or two in bottle are apparent here, those rich, chocolatey hearty flavours softened by time in the bottle to make it more complex and more interesting than just pure firm flavours.

Winemaker's Notes

A shiraz filled with spice and flavours we have come to expect from the Stringy Brae Vineyards, 18 years on from our first production of Shiraz we have developed a varietal that exhibits mouth filling chocolate with layers of luscious berry flavours. Great length and lingering finish. Drink when young and vibrant or enjoy in years to come.

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Stringy Brae Shiraz

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James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
From a good vintage, to be sure, but this medium-bodied wine has more juicy and lively fruit flavour than is common in the Clare Valley; the tannins, too, are fine.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A rich, ripe and very honest earlier-drinking shiraz from a warm season that finishes with genuine minerality, a hint of saltiness and perhaps a touch of spirit. Minty and chocolate-like, with a dusting of cloves and pepper, it presents initially ripe, sumptuous flavours of dark plums and blackberries, before drying out towards a meaty, mocha-like finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep colour; a muscular, full-bodied red, with blackberry, plum, prune and dark chocolate fruit flavours; the tannins and oak contribution is less than expected.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Colour not entirely convincing; however, there are plenty of red and black fruits, dark chocolate and ripe tannins; good length and acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly raw and rustic, this firm and minty Clare shiraz delivers bright fruit flavours of mulberries, plums and blackberries backed by meaty, earthy, charcuterie-like complexity and cedar/vanilla oak. It's initially sweet-fruited and juicy, but becomes faintly metallic towards the finish. Give it time to develop further.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Ripe, lush black fruits, earth and chocolate bouquet; medium-to full-bodied; good flavour and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Assertive aromas of briary cassis, dark plums and blackberries penetrate a liniment-like background of menthol, mint and sweet cedar/vanilla oak. Soft and juicy, its smooth and measured palate is deeply flavoured, generous and supple. It's a question of how much you enjoy its deeply accentuated and medicinal regional cut of mint and menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Slightly thin and sappy to finish, but otherwise a good wine from the hot 2001 vintage. Its meaty white pepper fragrance of black and red berries, cloves and sweet cedar/vanilla oak precedes a generous, briary and lightly fleshy palate framed by smooth, fine-grained tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A tightly knit mix of red and black berry fruits; some savoury tannins; vanilla oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a potent bouquet with excellent dark liquorice, leather and boot polish varietal aromas is followed by a richly flavoured palate with abundant dark cherry and dark berry fruit, finishing with supple tannins. The oak is in restraint throughout.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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