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More than half of the fruit for this wine was selected from Don Oliver's oldest block of 65-year old vines. For complexity, some
plantings from the Tahbilk clone were blended in. The Tahbilk clone is one of the oldest know Shiraz clones in Australia. It expresses
Rhone-like aromatics with lifted violet and mineral tones. The Olivers sourced this clone from Victoria and were one of the first to
plant it in McLaren Vale.
This wine comes from one of the top growers in McLaren Vale and is essentially
made from the highest grade fruit in the region. The project is born of Benjamin
Hammerschlag's relationship with the Oliver family and in particular, with
winemaker Corrina Rayment, who naturally fi ts into the group of young and
progressive winemakers that permeate the Epicurean Wines portfolio. Rayment is a progressive thinker and she's willing to take
risks. Her wines are designed to offer the best aspects of McLaren Vale (texture, suppleness and intensity) with exquisite packaging.
Additionally Rayment is the first, and currently the only, female winemaker in the portfolio.
"The 2006 Expatriate Shiraz was originally reviewed in Issue 173 as a barrel sample. While not quite as inspiring as I thought it might be, it is still a very high-quality effort. Sourced from a 65-year-old vineyard yielding only one ton of fruit per acre, it was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple/black colored, it offers up a superb aromatic array of pain grille, bacon, violets, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Thick and rich on the palate, it has enough stuffing to evolve for 3-5 years and should be at its best from 2012 to 2025.
The Wine Advocate
This collaboration is born of Benjamin Hammerschlag's relationship with the Oliver family and in particular, with winemaker Corrina Rayment, who naturally fits into the group of young and progressive winemakers. Rayment is a progressive thinker and she's willing to take risks. Her wines are deigned to offer the best aspects of McLaren Vale - texture, suppleness and intensity.
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...Read More About McLaren Vale
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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