Passing Clouds Reserve Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
Great balance, with plum, blackberry flavours followed by chocolaty vanilla oak. Best enjoyed with big rich meat dishes or simple cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast - "Like the 2003, this is a big, no-holds-barred Shiraz. The 2005 is packed with cassis and blueberry fruit, framed by chocolate and vanilla notes and finishes with plenty of spicy complexity and some slightly rough tannins. Drink 2010–2020. A Top 100 Wines of 2008 Selection."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Intensely aromatic bouquet of boysenberry, kirsch, Asian spices and musky underbrush. Round and fleshy, with deeply concentrated dark berry flavors, supple tannins and a slow-building smoked meat quality. Finishes with palate-staining length. Very impressive."
The Wine Advocate - "Opaque purple, it has a fragrant perfume of cedar, pepper, blueberry and blackberry. Full-bodied and supple-textured, on the palate the wine is nicely balanced with excellent depth, well-concealed tannin, and a 45-second finish. This elegant effort will evolve with another 4-6 years of bottle age."
Australian Wine Companion - "Medium-bodied, well balanced and structured; a gentle array of black fruits with tannins and oak in the background, good length and will develop further in bottle."
Wine Spectator - "Firm in texture, this full-bodied red has lively acidity balancing chewy plum and blackberry flavors. Hints at grapefruit peel as the finish lingers beautifully. Best after 2008. 650 cases imported."
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Passing Clouds Winery
It is often said that great wine is made in the vineyard, and this is a principle Passing Clouds adhere to. The intensity and individuality of the fruit is born from the locations it comes from, the absence (where possible) of irrigation and total care and attention to detail, this is an impossibility when machines are used for pruning and picking.
Several passes of each vine are made every year, ensuring there is no shading of fruit, the correct number of canes are selected and it is ensured that they are in the most beneficial position. View all Passing Clouds Wines
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to the cool-climate Yarra Valley, Yarra Valley, a producer of quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well the warmer regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland gets warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good Shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
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14 ratings, 7 with reviews44/18/2012512/27/2011Oh yeah! Kick off your shoes, put your feet up and enjoy this wonderful wine. Assertive and restrained at the same time. Yummy fruit flavor, smooth and easy to drink alone or with food. I wish I had bought more!!!Lisa J - Quakertown, PA59/11/2011ANGEL CUENTAS - Chula Vista, CA36/15/2011
GOOD SHIRAZ...56/7/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC51/28/2011richard hirsch - Denver, CO45/23/201135/20/2011WildeWine - Brooklyn, NY25/15/2011This wine starts with bright fruit, but the finish was short and lacking in my opinion. I would consider this an average wine without the depth, unlike Schild Estate's shiraz.55/13/2011
- Smooth & Supple
If you like a full-bodied, juicy wine, this one will be a delight on your palate!32/15/2011I was expecting a little more fruit both in the smell and taste. Instead it is a little too herbal for my taste , but it does finish with nice licorice. Given the large number of wines for sale, I will buy a different wine next time.Richard Zerr - Saint Charles, MO312/30/2010This is a good Aussie Shiraz that is a little too peppery for my taste but is worth the price charged.Portia - Malvern, PA312/28/2010Just a garden variety Australian Shiraz
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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