Fireblock Old Vine Shiraz 2004

Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia

Price: $16.99 $13.49
Save $3.50 (21%)
Item No. 98417
  • ST90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • ST90

Winemaker's Notes

The inaugural release of this wine comes from a small plot of Shiraz on the wonderful ‘Fireblock' plot of dry grown vines planted back in 1926. The darkness of color gives you some hint at the power of the wine. Intensely flavored, yet the wine has a charm and elegance about it. A superb example of Clare Valley Shiraz.

Critical Acclaim

"Ruby-red. Explosively perfumed aromas of vibrant red and dark berries, graphite, violet and smoked meat evoke the Rhone Valley. Sweet, focused raspberry and cherry preserve flavors are framed by juicy acidity and given structure by silky tannins. Spicy qualities build and linger impressively on the long, velvety finish. The vines here were reportedly planted in 1928."
90 Points

Learn About Fireblock

This is a new label owned by Bill and Noel Ireland (of Flinders Bay fame). The name refers to the plot of dirt that was planted back in 1926 predominantly to Grenache. It had been previously designated a fireblock given its proximity to the railway line, and out of concern that sparks from the steam locomotives could start bushfires!! I managed to persuade Bill and Noel to capture...

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Learn About Clare Valley

Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood). Notable Facts Since...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(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...

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OPC29826_2004

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