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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2001
Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2001
(search item no. 87485)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $17.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Copper Trail Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre is made with a minimal intervention approach, retaining and enhancing the natural expression of the fruit.

The wine has aromas of blackcurrant and licorice with a hint of cinnamon, enhanced by subtle use of oak. Warm spice tones and a long velvety finish characterize the full, soft, and rich palate. This savory style of wine is the perfect complement to richly flavored food.

"Ruby red. Suave, powerful aromas of blackberry, kirsch, roasted coffee and licorice candy. Lush and smooth in texture, offering concentrated, well-defined flavors of dark and red berry liqueur, cured tobacco and dark chocolate, with harmonious oak spice notes adding sweetness and complexity. Lovely stuff, with impressive richness but also energy and brightness. Finishes with supple tannins and excellent length."
-International Wine Cellar

My Notes:

About Annie's Lane:

Annie Wayman was a legend in the Clare Valley. She could always be relied upon to bring along sandwiches and a warm drink to harvesters and pruners in the vineyard at the turn of the 20th century. One evening, Annie's horse and cart got bogged in a lane adjacent to one of the valley's best vineyards. Thus, Annie's Lane was born.

Annie' s Lane is now one of the finest wineries in Australia's renowned Clare Valley and represents the finest vineyards in one of South Australia's great regions. The Annie's Lane wines rely on regional and varietal expression and have been awarded with over 350 trophies and medals at wine shows in Australia and across the globe since the first release in 1996. The most successful of all the wines has been the super-premium Copper Trail Shiraz.

The home of Annie's Lane is the heritage listed Quelltaler winery at the heart of Watervale, in the Clare Valley's south. Quelltaler is the region's oldest and most important winery, dating back to 1863. Fruit for Annie's Lane is sourced from magnificent old Watervale vines as well as from vineyards to the north in the Polish Hill River sub-district where the cooler ripening period and extraordinary slate riddled soils combine to create an unmistakable stamp of the Clare Valley.