Branson Coach House Coach House Block Shiraz 2002

  • 97 Robert
  • 94 Wine
  • 93 Wine
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Winemaker Notes

It is generous and supple whilst soft and approachable upon release. An ultra-rich, heady, mouth-filling Shiraz that combines balanced acidity and mid-palate texture.

Professional Ratings

  • 97
    Even bigger than the Greenock Block, but revealing more complexity as well as elegance is the stunning 2002 Shiraz Coach House, which sees 10% new American oak. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, plums, figs, creme de cassis, graphite, smoky new oak, bacon fat, and prunes are present in this dense, full-bodied effort. Monstrous in the mouth, with no hard edges, this is the type of wine that seemingly only Australia is capable of producing. Drink it over the next 10-15+ years.
  • 94
    Dark, dense and brooding, a powerful mix of tarry, smoky, spicy notes around a solid core of black cherry and plum flavors, finishing with great length and firm tannins. This has all the elements; give it time to settle in.
  • 93
    Aromas are broad and profound, with very ripe fruit, and pretty biscuit and black pepper accents. The palate? Cassis, pepper, plum and meat. Firm in the mouth, with fine tannins, and its flavors grow darker—olive, earth, pepper—through the long finish. Has substance, class, restraint and perhaps best of all, holding power. Sexy as all get-out now, but we'll probably say the same thing in 2015.

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Branson Coach House

Branson Coach House

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Branson Coach House, Australia
The small, intimate winery of Branson Coach House was established in 1998. Together with other investors, Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree, of Two Hands Wines, purchased the vineyard and winery in 2001 with the sole aim of creating and establishing one of Australia's greatest estate grown and made wines. The winery and vineyard are located in the Western Barossa.

Originally planted in 1990, the Branson Coach House grape vines thrive in the trademark, red clay soil of the Western Barossa. The results are offerings like those of any great estate — power, intensity and the ability to age gracefully. The release of its first vintage, from 2002, led to quick admiration from influential wine enthusiasts.

The emphasis on single-vineyard, estate-grown wines drives Branson Coach House's philosophy: to keep yields low, and to practice "minimal intervention." This means that from the vineyard until bottling, the fruit is carefully monitored, but that the unique terroir of the region will be at the forefront of the wine.

Branson Coach House offers three single vineyard wines: Coach House Block Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and a second label Greenock Block Shiraz. Each one has been highly acclaimed by the critics with 90+ scores and complimentary tasting notes.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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Barossa Valley Wine

Barossa, Australia

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in the Barossa zone of South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds.

While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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