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Archetype Old Vine Reserve Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Ar-che-type = An ideal example of a type, the quintessence. Deeply concentrated, this Reserve Shiraz owes its richness and character to the old vines on the property. It comes from extremely low yielding vines that average over 50 years in age and produce only a few clusters of grapes each. The result is unbelievable intensity.

Deeply concentrated and rich, our Reserve Shiraz reveals great fruit intensity. The old vines produce the blackberry, boysenberry, and plum aromas and flavors characteristic of classic Shiraz from the Barossa. The toasty oak is not shy, but is well-integrated, offering notes of mocha and coffee. On the palate, the wine is full and round with a lingering finish. This wine may be enjoyed now with apropriate foods, yet will become even more alluring with time.

Hand-harvested in the early morning, most of the fruit for our Reserve Shiraz comes from the low-yielding (1-2 tons/acre) Chateau Yaldara estate vineyard in the famed Barossa Valley. Additional fruit comes from three neighboring families who have been supplying top-quality grapes to Yaldara from their vineyards since the 1940s and 1950s — from 70-year old vines.

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A complex wine, this comes across as old-fashioned in its tight structure and layered flavors. In between the black mushroom scent and the final peppery bite, there's a supple, firm texture in the middle, suited to lamb. $35.

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Archetype wines are made from exceptional vineyards in the Barossa – Australia's renowned winegrowing region. The wines are produced at Chateau Yaldara, a landmark winery in the heart of the Barossa that was originally founded in1867, then re-built in 1965, by the joint winemaking team of Napa Valley's Bob Masyczek and Australia's Thomas Jung.

Located just north of Adelaide in Sotheast Australia, the Barossa is a popular tourist destination. It was discovered a century and a half ago by German and English settlers as having excellent soil and climate conditions for growing wine grapes.

World-renowned for its big, blockbuster Shiraz wines, the Barossa is Australia's equivalent of the Napa Valley in terms of prestige and name recognition. It is also home to some of the highest-rated Australian wineries including Henshke, Penfolds, and Yalumba. A small area about the size of Napa Valley, its major towns are Lyndoch and Tanunda.

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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular and age-worthy wines at its best. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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