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2004 Journeys End Vineyards Museum Release Ascent Shiraz
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- Cellar Drink Now - 2 years (2009-2011)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
Australia, it has been said, is the best place in the world to grow grapes.Vintages in recent years, can only be described in superlatives, with all vintages being great, whilst some are destined to be rated excep tional. Australia is not alone with its vintage success, Bordeaux is boasting that 2005 will be its greatest vintage. So what is the cause of this spectacular run of vintages, and can they last? The answer lies with the world's dependence on fossil fuels and the consequential green house effect that is causing Global Warming. Global temperatures have been rising one third of a degree every 10 years which would result in an increase of 3°C in the next 100 years. This is a much faster rate of temperature increase than has oc curred over the last 10,000 years. The rising temperatures effect everything on the planet, which are evidenced by the dramatic twist in global weather patterns that have become a feature of the 7 o’clock news. Climatic surveys by viticultural scientists of the world's 27 major wine growing regions have observed a 2°C increase of temperature over the last 50 years. This increase in temperature has, for the short term, played a significant role in the dramatic improvement of vintages. Whilst this is great news for the wine lover, the long term consequences will be the increasing volume of ordinary wine. As temperatures rise and the growing seasons get shorter, the complex flavour profiles of the grapes fail to develop. Warm viticul tural areas like the Hunter Valley will become hot, resulting in wines of lower acidity, higher PH and less flavour. Harvest dates will have to be brought forward and new corrective winemaking techniques de veloped. Water requirements will increase and the need to develop new drought and heat resistant clones will become urgent. Scientists are divided as to whether Global Warming can be stopped altogether, or just slowed down, with some doomsdayers, arguing it is too late already. If they're right, then a good, cool cellar with a big collection of wines from great vintages will become essential.
Perfect Expressions of McLaren Vale Terroir
Drink now or cellar 2 - 3 years (2009-2012)
96 Points First Tasted 15/05/2006:The primary fruit falvours of this wine are more obvious and for many will be more immediately desirable than the Arrival Shiraz. A superb Shiraz. Opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue. Lifted nose, with liquorice allsorts top notes followed by vanilla, spice and blackberry delivering an impressive varietal sniff. The palate is mouthfilling, with flavours of spice, liquorice, plum, blackberry and vanilla emerging over a black pepper back palate. Excellent length and depth. Fine grained, perfectly balanced tannins. Very long aftertaste of vanilla, blackberry, spice and black pepper.
Cellar 4-5 years (2010-2011)
95 Points Click here to read more about the McLaren Vale wine region.