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Woodstock The Stocks Shiraz

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This is the Flagship Shiraz from Woodstock Wines; a single vineyard interpretation of McLaren Vale terroir. In layman’s terms that means it tastes of the earth, the climate, and the winemakers touch. Aged in American and French oak for up to 18 months this wine receives the utmost care. It retains vivid aromas of earth, chocolate and spicy oak before a powerful palate of dark berries, intense flavours and savoury tannins. This will happily last in the cellar for the next decade.

Winemaker's Notes

Named after a set of medieval wooden leg stocks, which stand in the town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, England, “The Stocks” Shiraz is Woodstock’s flagship wine. This single vineyard Shiraz is made from 31 rows of low-yielding vines, planted circa 1900 on a sandy north slope of Woodstock Estate.

The powerful, rich tannins of The Stocks will stand up well to rich dishes like Braised ox-tail and Swiss Brown mushroom risoni with a seeded mustard butter and porcini jus.

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Woodstock The Stocks Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The grapes for this wine come 31 rows of low-yielding vines planted circa 1900, certainly more than 100 years ago. It is quintessentially McLaren Vale in style, with black and red fruits and dark chocolate supported by fine-grained and persistent tannins, and well-handled oak.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; produced from 31 rows of low-yielding vines planted circa 1900; the wine has that perfumed polish that comes from very old vines, the fruit flavours deep and dark, yet the tannins and extract fine. Astute winemaking has largely left the grapes to speak for themselves.
To 2035
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep in colour, with surprisingly restrained black fruit, toasty oak and anise on the bouquet; the palate is warm and unctuous, pushing the ripeness envelope, showing warm liqueur-soaked fruits, and a rich, sort finish.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
This is a selection of the best barrels of shiraz from the century-old vines near the winery; the colour is good, the wine with a great array of spice, dark chocolate, black cherry and blackberry fruit; while only medium-bodied, it has outstanding length bolstered by fine, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This is a single-vineyard wine and the flagship of the Woodstock winery. Wow, there's a lot of flavour in this. It's like stuffing your mouth with the best, brightest, ripest fruits of summer, and then shooting oak-derived flavours on top - as a, err, topping. Masses of blackberries and plum, coffee and toast and vanilla. The smoothness of a glider. And a good, tasty, balanced finish. A gorgeous big red.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
95
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Sweet aromas of sour plums, blackberries, dark cherries, cassis and mocha/vanilla/dark chocolate oak are backed by heady notes of cinnamon and clove. Forward and juicy, it's long, plush and silky-smooth, with a concentrated, jujube like expression of sour-edged dark plums and blueberries underpinned by very fine, silky tannins, finishing quite savoury, with lingering confiture-like fruit and seasoned oak backed by a note of menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
This is an individual style, deep rich fruit with complex aromatic oak and excellent ripe fruit intensity, generously oaked with a long, fluid, deeply flavoured palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A dark bouquet of confit blackberry, prune and chocolate; the palate shows a slight undergrowth complexity, which lifts the fruit and provides texture to balance the lavish oak treatment; bright and squeaky acid on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Good colour; ripe, plush and flush with black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate fruit; both tannins and oak are balanced and integrated.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Modern, oaky and opulent, with deep, dark plum, blackberry, mulberry and cassis-like fruit handsomely backed by suggestions of dark olives and roasted, barrel-matured elements of mocha, chocolate and vanilla. It's long and firm, with a smooth, creamy palate of slightly subdued fruit framed by fine, drying tannins and finished with a fresh cut of acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
91
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A superb modern shiraz that marries explosively flavoured and sour-edged fruit with smoky, mocha-like oak and velvet tannin. It's heady and ethereal, with a spicy, peppery fragrant of blackberries, blueberries and cassis backed by meaty, gamey leathery and chocolate-like undertones. Easily soaking up its showy and charry new oak and a lavish array of spices, It's opulent expression of perfectly ripened berry flavours finish long and smooth, with just a faint hint of currant. Give it time.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
96
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
This is an individual style, deep rich fruit with complex aromatic oak and excellent ripe fruit intensity, generously oaked with a long, fluid, deeply flavoured palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Has all the opulence and generosity typical of the vintage; blackberry fruit and spice; ripe, fine tannins; good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Spicy violet-like aromas of juicy dark berries and plums with meaty, leathery undertones of sage, cloves and cinnamon precede a smooth long and even palate whose juicy and tightly focused dark fruit is finely wound around a fine-grained spine of firm, pliant tannins It's deeply flavoured yet elegant; it packs a vibrant punch of pristine shiraz fruit, yet it's savoury. A modern shiraz with all the bells and whistles, but none of the over-ripeness that hampers so many of its contemporaries.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; concentrated sweet berry fruit is woven through equally sweet, vanilla-accented American oak. The palate is wonderful, with luscious dark cherry/berry fruit, appropriate oak, and lingering tannins. The best for years, a tribute to the '96 vintage and to its ability to soak up oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
95

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