2002 Journeys End Vineyards Arrival Shiraz

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2002 Journeys End Vineyards Arrival Shiraz

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$79.99 Bottle
  • Cellar 5 - 8 years (2009-2012)
  • ABV 15%
  • Closure: Cork


The 2002 vintage from McLaren Vale is recognised as the greatest in living memory producing wines that have confounded enthusiasts, critics and winemakers alike. That is a big call in itself, given the outstanding wines from the 1998, 2001 & 2003 vintages. The pre-eminent example of this phenomena so far has been a $20 McLaren Vale Shiraz which outscored Penfolds Grange and equalled Hill of Grace, simultaneously placing the producer amongst Australia’s best new vineyards. [See James Halliday’s 2005 Wine Companion] This wine was the 2002 Journeys End Vineyards Beginning Shiraz (now sold out.) When VINTAGE DIRECT first featured this wine in November 2003, it clearly over-delivered on a quality/price ratio. Though implicit in the labels title was a suggestion that better still was yet to come. We soon learned that the imagination of Journeys End winemaker, BEN RIGGS, extended well beyond the horizons of his initial release and the second and third wines of the series were intended to be benchmarks in a formidable Shiraz journey. Knowing too well that the best chance of producing exceptional wine is when the vineyard produces exceptional fruit, Riggs quickly recognised that the 2002 vintage conditions presented a rare opportunity to fulfill this journey: The regular rainfall during winter and early spring ensured good soil moisture which resulted in excellent growing conditions. A long cool summer was followed by a relatively warm autumn. The inevitability of a classic vintage was almost palpable and only after an unusually prolonged, anxious ripening period did the vines reveal fruit of unique concentration and density. Riggs’ intimate knowledge of the regions finest sites equipped him with the ability to secure highly select parcels from the harvest to continue his story of an extraordinary year: THE 2002 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS ASCENT SHIRAZ is analogous to an ‘abridged’ version of the Shiraz journey being of higher quality than the Beginning though not yet the ultimate expression of the variety; while the climax of the trilogy, the 2002 JOURNEYS END VINEYARDS ARRIVAL SHIRAZ, - represents the ‘piece de resistance’ of the Journeys End collection - a high point of viticulture and winemaking with only the finest barrels selected for final bottling under the Arrival label. Wine lovers who have already tasted the 2002 Beginning Shiraz (or similarly, the 2002 Mr.Riggs Shiraz) will appreciate our enthusiasm for these new releases, and for those who missed out, this is one of the last opportunities to experience some of the finest Shiraz wines from the 2002 McLaren Vale vintage. As BEN RIGGS, continues to consolidate his reputation as Australia’s hottest winemaker, with rave reviews for his own “Mr.Riggs” wines coming from local and international wine critics, both new releases are already in very high demand with export markets vying for the entire production. Vintage Direct have been allocated modest parcels of each wine.


This Shiraz reflects the high point of the 2002 vintage with only the very best barriques selected for the ‘Arrival’. Totally opaque black, crimson colour with black crimson hue. Superb nose with magnificent lifted notes of violets, confectionary, cedar and spice followed by a liquorice end note. The palate is very classy - it has that rare quality of weight combined with great elegance and refinement.
This is Ben Riggs at his winemaking best.

Beautifully layered flavours of black pepper, plum, confectionary, cedar and spice are followed by a liquorice allsorts back palate. Outstanding length and depth. The tannin structure is a touch more assertive than that of the ‘Ascent’, yet remains very fine and in perfect balance. Very long aftertaste of black pepper, liquorice allsorts and spice.
Cellar 5-8 years (2009-2012)
Alc/Vol: 15%RATING: 97/100VALUE: XXXXX/5


Other Reviews.....
Journeys End McLaren Vale Arrival Shiraz 2002
96 points, $50
Replete with a label looking very much like the famed Woodley Treasure Chest series of the 1940s and '50s, this is the top end (after Ascent) of another virtual winery. It has an extra dimension of power, flooded with superb regional fruit and dark chocolate, with lingering but fine tannins.
Best drinking: 2007-2017
"The Weekend Australian - Halliday's Top 100"