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Kurtz Family Vineyards Lunar Block Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • JH94
  • RP93
  • WE92
13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The bouquet is beautifully perfumed fruit and coffee oak. The palette has ultra fine-grained tannins that are totally unobtrusive and provide a solid backbone to hold the wine together and provide a lovely mouth feel. Savoury coffee and clove from the oak combine with sweet underlying red berry fruit and savory blackberry flavors. Like all the wines from this winery, it is full-bodied, has a solid structure and firm consistency. The complexity is harmonious and agreeable, the wine just slips down and whilst it is ready to be drunk now further cellaring for 4-5 years will be rewarding.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
A most attractive medium-bodied wine, with a spirited display of warm spices on a bed of red and black fruits, the tannins ripe and oak subtle; excellent length.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A minuscule 66 cases were produced of the outstanding 2005 Lunar Block Shiraz, a wine aged 31 months in new French oak hogsheads (300-liter barrels). A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays an aromatic array of toast, smoke, pencil lead, mineral, lavender, incense, and blueberry. Smooth-textured, ripe, and opulent on the palate, it conceals enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for another 3-4 years. This pleasure-bent Shiraz will provide enjoyment through 2020.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Full bodied and plushly textured, this is a rich, heavily oaked wine that successfully marries menthol- and coffee-scented oak with intense raspberry fruit. The tannins are soft and well ripened while the fruit remains fresh despite its long sojourn in oak. Dramatic and lush; drink now-2015.
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Kurtz Family Vineyards

Kurtz Family Vineyards

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Kurtz Family Vineyards, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
The idea for the formation of the Kurtz Family Vineyards is by no means unique. It commenced from a long family history of growing grapes, drinking the end product, and a desire to see wine made exclusively from their own grapes.

Alfred Bernhard (Ben) Kurtz commenced growing grapes in the sub region of Light Pass in the Barossa Valley in the 1930's and this block is still worked to this day. His son, Bernhard Otto Kurtz, commenced grapegrowing in 1957 at his Light Pass vineyard and his grandson, John Bernhard Kurtz, moved to the existing vineyards in the early 1960's.

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.


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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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