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Corrina Rayment Expatriate Shiraz 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
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More than half of the fruit for this wine was selected from Don Oliver's oldest block of 65-year old vines. For complexity, some plantings from the Tahbilk clone were blended in. The Tahbilk clone is one of the oldest know Shiraz clones in Australia. It expresses Rhone-like aromatics with lifted violet and mineral tones. The Olivers sourced this clone from Victoria and were one of the first to plant it in McLaren Vale.

This wine comes from one of the top growers in McLaren Vale and is essentially made from the highest grade fruit in the region. The project is born of Benjamin Hammerschlag's relationship with the Oliver family and in particular, with winemaker Corrina Rayment, who naturally fi ts into the group of young and progressive winemakers that permeate the Epicurean Wines portfolio. Rayment is a progressive thinker and she's willing to take risks. Her wines are designed to offer the best aspects of McLaren Vale (texture, suppleness and intensity) with exquisite packaging. Additionally Rayment is the first, and currently the only, female winemaker in the portfolio.

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The Wine Advocate

The 2006 Expatriate Shiraz was originally reviewed in Issue 173 as a barrel sample. While not quite as inspiring as I thought it might be, it is still a very high-quality effort. Sourced from a 65-year-old vineyard yielding only one ton of fruit per acre, it was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple/black colored, it offers up a superb aromatic array of pain grille, bacon, violets, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Thick and rich on the palate, it has enough stuffing to evolve for 3-5 years and should be at its best from 2012 to 2025.

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Corrina Rayment
This collaboration is born of Benjamin Hammerschlag's relationship with the Oliver family and in particular, with winemaker Corrina Rayment, who naturally fits into the group of young and progressive winemakers. Rayment is a progressive thinker and she's willing to take risks. Her wines are deigned to offer the best aspects of McLaren Vale - texture, suppleness and intensity.

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Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

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