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Date Printed: 4/19/2015
Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2002
Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2002
(search item no. 93993)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2015: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2002 Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre blends these three traditional varieties together to produce a style displaying great complexity of flavor and a smooth balanced palate. The Shiraz (54%) gives the wine structure and depth. The Grenache (33%) adds sweet, fleshy fruity notes to the palate and the Mourvedre (13%) ties the flavors together with warm spice tones and a silky texture.

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

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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.