2008 Tatiarra Caravan of Dreams Shiraz Pressings

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2008 Tatiarra Caravan of Dreams Shiraz Pressings

Heathcote, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
$99.99 Bottle
  • Cellar 10 - 15 years (2019-2024)
  • ABV 15.5%
  • Closure: Cork

In 2000 Domaines Tatiarra was established by Nick Chlebnikowski & Bill Spring, two highly motivated and creative individuals with a passion to create a benchmark Australian Shiraz. Sadly, both of these founding members are no longer with us. However, there remains a driving force amongst the Tatiarra shareholders to continue what they started.

2008 will be remembered as the vintage that Tatiarra's reputation was put at stake. From the outset, it was always going to be one of the most challenging years the company had faced - an ongoing drought, water shortages and heatwaves all took a toll. Followers of Tatiarra's wines will know that they're subject to some of the most rigorous selection processes in Australia. Barrels which don't perform are separated and sold off under a sub-label (Tatiarra 'Culled Barrel'). 2008 resulted in the biggest cuts yet with 1300 cases 'rejected' from the flagship wines and a further 1400 cases not even deemed suitable for Culled Barrel. Collector's should also note that no 2008 Trademark Shiraz was produced. In total, 70% of the 2008 Tatiarra vintage has been declassified. If this sounds extraordinary, it is. In America, John Rimmerman of Garagiste in Seattle recently summed up the guts of the operation, stating "Tatiarra is in a different category than 99% of all other Australian wineries and they should be recognized for attempting to do something that uses their foresight as a roadmap instead of following the style of others." He adds "This is not a copycat winery – they leave those chasing their wake with the unenviable task of catching up".
The 2008 vintage demonstrates the extraordinary lengths Domaines Tatiarra will go to in order to produce world class Shiraz. Quite simply, they’re obsessed with perfection and will make whatever sacrifice necessary.
Earlier this year, before Nick Chlebnikowski passed away, he conducted a vertical tasting of Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz (2002-2007). The wines were developing extremely slowly and seemed almost unmoved, as was anticipated. If you're planning your own vertical in the next decade or so, 2008 could have easily been the one wine missing from your line up, and justifiably so if the quality had not been maintained. Rest assured, this is not a vintage to hesitate on. This is the most highly sought after wine of the Tatiarra collection and with total production in 2008 limited to only around 200 cases, it’s guaranteed to disappear quickly. Opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue displaying paint like saturation and glass cling. The nose delivers an explosive sniff – blackberry concentrate, liquorice allsorts, confectionary, vanilla and mocha – superb aromatics. WOW!... Talk about a concentrate of flavour! A powerhouse of ripe blackberry concentrate, liquorice, confectionary, black cherry, spice and blackpepper, all encased in a velvet like tannin structure. Extraordinarily long persistent aftertaste of liquorice, spice, blackpepper and confectionary. Outstanding.
Cellar 10-15 years (2019-2024)
15.5% Alc