Deep, dazzling purple/red hues. Lively aromas of plum, blackberry, spice and a hint of pepper. A bold mouthful of dark berry fruits, bittersweet chocolate and spicy mint. In typical Clare fashion there's a solid, ripe core of fruit encased in fine tannins and crisp, natural acidity. Nothing blown out or over the top – well structured and drinking fabulously right now.
"The 2003 Shiraz is a dense ruby/purple-tinged offering exhibiting attractive notes of blackberries, damp earth, fresh mushrooms, and pepper. Ripe, heady, tasty, and supple..."
The Wine Advocate
Received the MAK as a Wine.com Discovery Wine Club Selection for December 2007. Deep Red Color with twinge of Purple. Fresh plum and blackberry aromas. Wonderful concentrated fruit flavors of plum and blackberry and black cherry with favorable spice and hint of pepper. Full bodied with tame tannins and very balanced and gentle acidity. Some Oak and enough complexity to make interesting. Reasonable finish and a great value - I liked it. Overall the vintage guide shows the 2003 was better than prior four years for this valley, but not as good as the 2005. Going to buy some more.
I would've paid more for this. We enjoyed it on Mother's Day, along with my sisters-in-law.
The wine itself was very good, but was very dissapointed that it had an incredible amount of sand like sediment. I was going to present the other bottles as gifts, but don't dare doing that now.