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Tatiarra Caravan of Dreams Shiraz Pressings

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Shiraz is what Tatiarra hangs its hat on, and this one is getting quite a following. Robert Parker loves it (gave it 98+ points), and rather than being a caravan of dreams, it is more a caravan of courage as it is quite a formidable wine in a 'take no prisoners' style. Aromas of super-ripe dark berries and poached plums sucker-punch the nose, together with licks of pepper and earthy spices. The palate is full-throttle fruit with rich, dark flavours, generous licks of chocolate and vanilla oak, suede-like tannins, and a dry, sumptuous finish. It's a monster at 15.5% alcohol, but it is well-made.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Opaque black purple with a paint like cling.

Nose: Perfumed aromas of ripe blackberry, plum and liquorice followed by some confectionary, crushed rock and blackpepper.

Palate: Powerful and super concentrated, the palate delivers mouthfilling flavours of perfectly ripened blackberry, liquorice and confectionary with an explosive blackpepper back palate and vanillin oak overlay. Very fine grained perfectly balanced tannins. Exceptionally long aftertaste of blackpepper, blackberry, liquorice and confectionary that lingers for minutes. A stunning example of Heathcote Shiraz capable of cellaring for 15 years plus. Stocks are Extremely Limited

Winemakers: Powerful and super concentrated, the palate delivers mouthfilling flavours of perfectly ripened blackberry, liquorice and confectionary with an explosive blackpepper back palate and vanillin oak overlay. Very fine grained perfectly balanced tannins. Exceptionally long aftertaste of blackpepper, blackberry, liquorice and confectionary that lingers for minutes. A stunning example of Heathcote Shiraz capable of cellaring for 15 years plus. Stocks are Extremely Limited

Please note: Bottled with Stelven seal.

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Tatiarra Caravan of Dreams Shiraz Pressings

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Dense, opaque crimson-red; a massive full-bodied wine, with plum, prune and licorice filling every crevice of the mouth; while an exercise in gigantism, you do have to admire the velvety splendour of the flavour and texture, and limit yourself to a glass or two if you have any intention of driving in the next few hours.
2030
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Dense colour; massive full-bodied wine with bitter chocolate and black fruits to burn - as does the alcohol. Nonetheless, will appeal to some.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright red and blue fruits, with a steely minerality at the core; quite juicy despite the pressings label, with a savoury medium-bodied finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Denser colour than the Cambrian, though less vibrant, presumably due to the pressings component; an extreme wine, with ultra-ripe fruit providing a potent bouquet and palate, the alcohol accentuating that which needs no emphasis.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deep, dark, opaque colour; full-bodied, with an extra degree of intensity and structure, the greater tannins (still ripe and in balance) from the pressings; another dimension to the licorice, blackberry and plum.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Opaque colour; full-bodied, dense, rich and chewy, laden with blackberry, spice and abundant, but ripe, tannins. Miraculously keeps balance with 15.5° alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Even greater richness and complexity than the other two wines, oozing luscious blackberry and plum jam, with touches of spice. Velvety finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93

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