Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2004
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz was first made in 1977. The 2004 vintage marks one of the best seasons in the Pyrenees. An auspicious wine, Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz has made a lasting mark on the local and international wine scene with numerous medals from the wine show circuit over the past 20 years.
Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2004 exemplifies the Pyrenees regional benchmark style, sourced from mature and carefully nurtured shiraz vines from Taltarni's Estate. A selection of fruit for this wine is from an old Shiraz clone planted in 1864.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe, focused and distinctive for its juicy blackberry, currant and cedary spice flavors, which are nicely framed by fine-grained oak, hinting at earthy notes as the finish lingers impressively. Best from 2009 through 2014"
Wine & Spirits - "If you like a little volume to your shiraz without getting blasted, this wine is both generous and restrained. The texture is full and rich, the flavors of dark chocolate and black peppercorn have a little green peppercorn as well, spicy and persistent. For roast game birds with currant-studded stuffing. "
Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines. View all Taltarni 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 Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the 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 is a bit 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.
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5 ratings, 3 with reviewsBig Red - Chicago, IL59/30/2008great wine value - excellent balance, a bit of spice (not too strong).Loaf - Denver, CO33/3/2012
This wine is going, in my opinion. Was a great price, and, while it's still drinking 'okay', it has a flat taste and was somewhat musty. That didn't clear after a day in the bottle. It has a good fruit, but is watery and peppered over the fruit. That said, I didn't pour out the bottle as I've done with some wines my relatives have sent from discount wine clubs. Not unhappy, just wouldn't buy more.wilbur chung - Washington, DC312/3/201159/15/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
Definitely wished I'd bought more! This is a complete wine - dark ruby, exciting nose, smooth - but enough weight, and lingering finish.
- Smooth & Supple
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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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