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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Green Point Shiraz 2002
Green Point Shiraz 2002
(search item no. 78344)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 28 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2004!

Colour: Deep dark vibrant red

Aroma: Complex array of ripe dark fruits from blackberries to blood plums, with hints of peppercorn aromas, lifted by a subtle, yet spicy, sweet vanilla oak.

Palate: The wine is soft and rich while maintaining the persistent elegance of a cooler climate Shiraz. Generous ripe dark berry fruit and sweet spice flavours fill the front palate and extend into the richer licorice and black pepper of the mid palate. Savory oak and soft tannins provide a complex, long and sustained finish.

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About Green Point:

In the 1840s, when the Yarra Valley in Victoria was first settled by Europeans, they observed that one particular spur of land leading down to the Yarra river always remained green longer as summer advanced. They called it "Green Point." It stayed green because the deep weathered siltstone soils on this spur retain moisture longer than other areas in the valley. These soils, in combination with the Yarra Valley's cool climate, proved to be an ideal "terroir" for grape growing and grapes have been grown on these slopes since the 1850s.

Mo√ęt & Chandon acquired the site in 1986 and today it is where they grow high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Green Point still wines. They have selected other sites in Victoria and the Yarra Valley that provide the ideal marriage of "terroir" with variety for the other Green Point varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz).