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Chateau Tanunda The Chateau 100 Year Old Vine Shiraz 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • JH96
  • WE93
  • WS91
14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Eleven rows of old vines reputed to be 120 years have survived the elements. These low-yielding vines give rise to superior, bold and impressive flavored fruit. The classic Barossa regional characters of dark, spicy plums are all complimented by the subtle vanillin tones of American oak that lengthens the palate of the wine. A superior wine with luxurious silky fine grained tannins. Average production is 800 bottles- only in a good vintage year. We recommend cellaring for 10 years. "Taste 100 years of Barossa history"

Critical Acclaim

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JH 96
Australian Wine Companion
Purple-crimson; sourced from a single 0.4 ha vineyard high in the hills of the Eden Valley; the register of aromas and flavours switches decisively to a brighter, yet more savoury/spicy/earthy blackberry and licorice spectrum; outstanding length and balance.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Winemaker Stu Bourne, formerly of Barossa Valley Estates (think E&E Black Pepper Shiraz), has landed on his feet at Chateau Tanunda, and this luxury bottling is a beauty. It's full bodied and richly tannic yet drinkable, with layers of mocha and blueberries, hints of grilled meat and a long, velvety finish.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Ripe and round, with a spicy, smoky character surrounding the black cherry, blackberry and beet leaf flavors that persist onto the complex, inviting finish. Drink now through 2018.
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Chateau Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda

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Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Chateau Tanunda Estate, one of Australia's largest and oldest chateau (est. 1890), is the birthplace of the Barossan wine industry, and is the site of Barossa Valley's first vine plantings (1845) and first winery (1848). The charismatic John Geber, already a fine wine enthusiast, happened unpon the majestic chateau in 1998 on an early morning bike ride. It wasn't long before he had made it his mission to reinstate it to its former glory, becoming only the 3rd owner in the chateau's 120-year history. The Geber family is now the proud cutodian of this great icon and its heritage, and is dedicated to the art of fine winemaking.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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