Vintage Comments : Classic Barossa vintage conditions. An average wet Spring followed by extreme heat in early February. Occasional rainfall events kept the vines in good balance up to harvest in late March 2004. Very good quality coupled with good average yields. More than 30 months in wood followed by six months tank maturation of the blend prior to bottling, July 2007.
Tasting Notes: Rich, ripe complex Barossa floor Shiraz. Aromas of chocolate and Christmas cake intermingled with ulta-ripe red berry fruit, Blackberries and smoky notes
from the oak maturation.
"The 2004 Shiraz Reserve was sourced from 40- and 100-year-old vines yielding a meager 0.5 tons per acre. It was aged 30 months in 600-litre demi-muids. Purple/black in color, it exhibits a splendid, brooding perfume of cedar, scorched earth, licorice, blueberry compote, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a thick, rich, voluptuous Shiraz with all components totally integrated and harmonious. The finish is exceptionally long and pure. It will evolve for a decade and drink well through 2030.
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