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Old & Rare

    1994 Coriole Mary Kathleen Reserve Merlot Cabernet
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Named after one of the founders of Coriole, Mary Kathleen, this wine is a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet and 14% Cabernet Franc. Opaque brick red colour. Aromas of ripe plums over a leather and earthy background, with hints of mulberry and vanilla. The palate structure is quite solid, and not as forward as might be expected, however, it's a wine that will develop well over the next decade. The Merlot continues to make its presence felt with its earthy character, whilst the Cabernet component provides a dusty background, finishing with liquorice and confectionary flavours. Fine tannin structure, excellent balance and long plum / spice aftertaste.

    Less than 12 bottles available.

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    2002 Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz Magnum (1500ml)
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    Reduced from $199.00
    $135. 00 Bottle
    $1620.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Was $199, Now $135

    In magnum format, this wine will now be approaching its peak. Snap up this bargain for your next dinner party.

     

    Retasted 03/02/2011: Opaque black crimson colour with deep dark red mauve hue. Refined aromas of blackberry, liquorice and blackpepper followed by some lightly charred cedar and spice. Superb palate concentration is counterpointed by a refined structure. Mouthfilling flavours of liquorice, blackberry and confectionary followed by some distinct blackpepper characters that persist through to the back palate. Spicy toasted cedar overlay. Very fine grained tannins. Excellent length with long aftertaste of liquorice, blackpepper and spice.Cellar a further 2-3 years plus (2013-2014). Alc 14.5%

     

    Other reviews... Beautifully structured wine, an exercise in restraint; smooth, supple blackberry, chocolate and tannin mix; clean finish. Tasted 2004. Drink by 2017. 95 points- James Hallidays Wine Companion

     

    The Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is produced from a small four acre single vineyard planted in 1919. The yields from these old vines are typically around half tonne per acre. The use of chemicals and fertilizers is minimised and the vineyard is pruned and harvested by hand. The first vintage of Coriole Lloyd Shiraz was produced in 1989, and has been made every year since with the exception of 2003. The 2002 vintage in McLaren Vale was exceptional despite lower yields than average due to the coolest summer on record. Since the 1999 vintage there’s been a gradual shift away from the use of 100% American oak, the 2002 vintage was produced with a combination of 85% French oak and 15% American oak. In fact the American oak component was actually purchased from French coopers, the winery believing the French are much better coopers than the Americans! Matured for a period of 18 months in oak hogsheads, the wine is then given a further 12 months bottle age before being released.

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    2004 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
    Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2020-2021)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Re-tasted on 29/05/2015: Superb colour featuring a totally opaque inky black dark red core with a deep very dark red hue. Showing both intensity and complexity the nose expels perfumed scents of ripe blackcurrants, subtle violet and dark mulberries that interplay with secondary and tertiary nuances of cedary tobacco, bay leaf, faint earth and spice. Medium weighted, rich in fruit yet elegant in appearance and with a gorgeous savouriness the palate delivers mouthfilling flavours of blackcurrant and dark mulberries intermixed with cedar, tobacco and cigar box followed by touches of earth and spice. The velvet smooth tannins still have plenty of structure behind them for further cellaring. Long aftertaste of blackcurrant, dark mulberry, tobacco leaf, cigar box, dusty cedar and spice.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc 14%

    Tasted on 14/08/2006: A magnificent wine!  This is a must wine for wine lovers who have lost their faith in this noble grape variety.  Vintage conditions for the 2004 vintage were perfect - Winemaker Vanya Cullen rating it alongside the other outstanding vintages of the last 15 years, 1995, 1999 & 2001. Good rainfall in the months up to November 2003 produced perfect conditions for the vines in the early part of the growing season. The main growing season was cool and dry, which was ideal as the vines did not even become mildly stressed. This was followed by warm but not extreme temperatures, which led to the production of red grapes that attained perfect physiological ripeness. The wine was produced using biodynamic techniques from vines 30 years old, with yields around 2 tonnes per acre. Maturation was in French oak of which 54% was new) for a period of 18 months.

    Made from a blend 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Very deep crimson colour with black crimson hue.  Superb nose – showing sophisticated Cabernet aromas – top notes of violets followed by blackcurrant, cassis, cedar and spice.  The palate delivers outstanding length and depth of flavour – again very sophisticated with wonderful ripe Cabernet fruit flavours.  Spiced plum, white pepper, violet infusions and blackcurrant overlaid with liquorice allsorts.  Fine grained tannins, perfectly balanced, followed by a very long aftertaste of liquorice allsorts, cassis, plum and spice. Outstanding.
    Cellar 10-12 years (2016-2018)
    Alc/Vol: 14%

    Other reviews...
    Excellent hue and depth; a complex, medium to full-bodied web of texture and flavour; perfectly balanced oak and tannins supporting blackcurrant fruit; long finish. Tasted 2006.
    95 points
    James Hallidays Wine Companion 2011

    1996 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
    Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    1996 VINTAGE CONDITIONS - MARGARET RIVER

    The 1996 Vintage in Margaret River was slightly late and created some management problems viticulturally. Vintage began on around the 24th February with most areas reporting average yields, although some vineyards reported yields down 20-30%. Weather conditions during vintage were mild with some overcast days and rain about. February receiving 80mm, March 11mm and April 15mm of rain. The humid weather conditions meant that viticulturists had to maintain a watch on powdery mildew and botrytis. Around Willyabrup, high October winds reduced Chardonnay yields, however, the reds produced were of excellent quality, in part due to the extended ripening period. Despite the difficult patches of weather the general assessment is that the Chardonnays will show some excellent tropical fruit and citrus flavours whilst Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc will be fruity and well structured with good length.

    The 1996 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, produced from 25 year old non irrigated vines. A slightly higher proportion of new French oak was used for maturing this wine. It was increased to 84% to order to produce the right balance between the fruit and wood flavours. The wine spent 18 months in oak.Opaque crimson mauve colour. The nose is superb revealing layers of ripe fruit aromas. Blackcurrants, violets, mulberries, spice, plum and liquorice allsorts are magnificently intertwined with cedar oak. The wine smells of pure class. The palate displays great weight and concentration of ripe fruit flavours - it is more tightly knit then the generous 1995, however, it still has all the hallmarks of a great wine. Ripe blackcurrant, plum, spice and chocolate flavours are interwoven with liquorice and a hint of cinnamon. Superb balance, in spite of the fine firmish tannins. A very refined wine with very long aftertaste of ripe plum and cinnamon spice. The wine comes with a perfect 55 mm cork to ensure a long bottle life. Cellar for at least 3-4 years before opening and 10 years for optimum results. Cullens rate this wine as one of their best to date.

    1999 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
    Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Tasted 11/07/2001
    A very impressive wine from an excellent Margaret River vintage. Made from a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. This is the first time Petit Verdot has been introduced into the blend. Opaque crimson mauve purple colour. Classic Bordeaux nose of chocolate, spice, blackcurrant and cedar followed by a touch of truffle. On the palate the flavour profile seems slow to start but then builds towards the middle and back palate, to reveal flavours of chocolate, spice and blackcurrant. Flavours of black pepper and blackcurrant emerge on the end palate followed by a hint of liquorice. Outstanding persistence. Fine grained dry tannins, perfect balance, followed by an aftertaste that lasts for minutes. Cellar 8-10 years.
    94 points

    Other Reviews….
    Strong purple-red, the powerful but pristine bouquet proclaims the blackberry/blackcurrant/cassis fruit of the palate framed by the inimitable Cullen tannins which run through from the mid-palate to the finish. Drink by 2020.
    96 points
    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion


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    1997 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
    Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 15 - 20 Years (2014-2019)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    An exceptional wine of International standing. The 1997 vintage has a higher than normal Cabernet Sauvignon component due to the exceptional quality of those grapes, and as a consequence has given the wine a much firmer backbone, and yet a surprisingly soft tannin structure. The vines are now fully mature having been planted in the late 1960's, and are non irrigated and low yielding, less than 2 tonnes per acre.Made from a blend of 82% Cabernet, 12% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the wine was matured for 18 months in new and old French oak. For the statistically minded 32% new oak, 48% one year old and 20% two year old. The oak ratio's are interesting in that it indicates the desire for a very careful balance of oak flavour compounds being introduced as opposed to the complexity of barrel aging. Opaque crimson colour. The nose is a little restrained at first, however, let the wine warm up and it yields superbly sophisticated aromas of violets, blackcurrants and spice with a hint of truffle. The quality of what is to follow is clearly assured. The palate is intense, concentrated and seamless. The component parts are recognisable but only as part of a totality of flavour. The transition of one flavour compound into another slips across the palate with a rare degree of harmony. Perfect tannins, super fine and in part due to the fact that a portion of the wine was left to macerate on skins for 6 weeks prior to pressing. The wine is very much in the infancy of its development and a 15-20 year bottle life would be easily achieved. Exceptional aftertaste of blackcurrant and cedar. A Must!

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    2001 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
    Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 10 - 15 Years (2013-2018)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    An outstanding Cullen, paying tribute to the late Di Madeline, co-founder of the Cullen Vineyard. The wine has been made from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The wines have been matured for 18 months in barriques, of which 40% were new. This is a magnificent cellaring potential cellaring proposition. Totally opaque black purple colour. Although still youthful, the nose reveals superb notes of violets, blackcurrant, spice, cedar and truffle. The palate structure is formidable with its Classic Bordeaux inspired Cabernet tannic backbone. Explosive flavours with a heavy sprinkling of white pepper, blackcurrant and cedar. The tannins are dry, yet superfine and balanced to the powerful fruit component. Outstanding length with an exceptionally long aftertaste of spice, blackcurrant, liquorice and white pepper.
    Cellar 10-15 years (2013-2018)
    Alc/Vol: 14.0%
    RATING: 99/100

    Other reviews... Its sheer class shines through the trappings of extreme youth, a controlled explosion of blackcurrant, spice and blackberry, ripe tannins and French oak. Tasted 2003.
    96 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion 2011
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    1999 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Tasted 2/12/2002: A monumental red! Very deep crimson colour, with black heart. Superb nose with aroma of vanilla, liquorice allsorts dark chocolate, violets and spice. The palate is mouthfilling with Grange like weight and structure. Flavours of liquorice, blackberry, vanilla, cedar and toasted oak, followed by an emergence of blackpepper on the backpalate. Fine grained, dry tannins, perfectly balanced, followed by a very long aftertaste of spice and blackpepper.
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%

    Other Reviews....
    This estate's most renowned offering is their old vine Shiraz (90+ year old vines) called The Dead Arm. The unfined/unfiltered 1999 The Dead Arm Shiraz (2,000 cases) was aged in 100% new oak, of which 70% was American and 30% French. It is about as natural and unmanipulated a product of the vineyard as one can find. Full-bodied and awesomely rich, notes of black pepper, licorice, and blackberry as well as cherry liqueur cascade over the palate with enormous concentration and intensity, high tannin, and a structured, muscular style. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and consume it over the following 2-3 decades. It is a timeless museum piece made in a style that can only be produced in Barossa or McLaren Vale.
    96 points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate

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    2003 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    Reduced from $99.99
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 3 - 5 Years (2008-2010)
    ABV: 15%
    Closure: Cork

    Was $99.99 Now $79.99

    The Dead Arm gets its name in a fairly inauspicious way – it is named after the disease (Eutypa Lata) which afflicts some of the oldest vines at d’Arenberg. Eutypa Lata, or ‘Dead Arm’ is common all around the world in old vineyard sites. The disease in effect slowly reduces one of the ‘arms’ of the vines to dead wood, which then means the other arm of the vine produces small volumes of the most incredibly concentrated and highly flavoured grapes.

    Opaque black crimson colour with deep crimson hue. Aroma of spice and vanilla followed by blackberry, resulting in an excellent perfumed lift. The palate has the weight, depth and complexity that one normally associates with Dead Arm. There is plenty of palate weight, with flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate and spice followed by a touch of confectionary on the back palate. Outstanding length and depth. Perfect balance with very long aftertaste of liquorice, dark chocolate and vanilla. A spectacular Dead Arm Shiraz.
    Cellar 3-5 years (2008-2010)
    Alc/Vol: 15%

    Other Reviews...
    One of this estate’s flagship wines, the 2003 The Dead Arm Shiraz appears to be better than the 2002. A deeper, richer, fuller-bodied offering that spent time in equal parts French and American oak, it possesses an opaque purple color, great intensity, and a fabulously sweet nose of blackberries, cassis, asphalt, earth, and oak. Powerful, super-concentrated, and obviously fashioned from low yields and old vines, this is a classic McLaren Vale old vine Shiraz that should age nicely for 15+ years.
    95 Points
    Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate # 161 (Oct 2005)

    Deep colour; typically massively rich and concentrated; black fruits, chocolate, tannins and oak are all fighting each other for top spot.  Hopefully, a truce will be declared in 5 or so years.
    Rating 93
    James Halliday - Wine Companion

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    2006 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz Museum Release
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2019-2020)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Winemaker Chester Osborn has a clear winemaking philosophy that's expressed in the Dead Arm Shiraz: 'I aim to make loudest, most flowery fragrant and most fruit-flavoured wines that have great palate texture and are free of excess oak. I look for tannins that are long, lively, gritty and youthful with fragrant fruit-mineral notes… One other focus is to make a wine that is not going to go too earthy or bitumen - tarry with age. Some producers make wines that have oodles of fruit; they’re ripe, rich and gutsy, but in a few years these wines may show inherent problems from their production. That is fat, blousy, and chocolate and tar with short palate life. This is also the opposite of what we aim to produce.'

    A magnificent Dead Arm!

    Re-tasted 20/05/2015:
    Totally opaque impenetrable inky black core with a deep very dark red black tinged hue. The nose offers up an intense aromatic profile of ripe dark plums, liquorice and dark chocolate over some vanillin oak, light leather and spicy pepper end notes. Powerful, opulently fruited and plushly textured the palate possesses a rich flavour profile of ripe blackberries, dark plum and liquorice followed by a trace of dark chocolate, vanillin oak, a touch of leather and spice. Superb depth and concentration with very polished, silky smooth tannins. Exceptionally long aftertaste of ripe blackberries, liquorice, subtle dark chocolate, vanillin oak, a touch of leather and spice. A very impressive Dead Arm that is maturing beautifully.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc 14.5%

    First Tasted August 2008:
    Opaque black purple colour with black purple hue, showing excellent cling to the glass. Superb nose of violets, confectionary, blackberry, vanilla and cedar followed by end notes of liquorice and toasted oak. Mouthfilling palate, displaying classic McLaren Vale 'joosy' character. Flavours of liquorice, black pepper and spice supported by fine grained tannins. Excellent balance. Exceptionally long aftertaste of vanilla, confectionary, spice and black pepper.
    99 points
    Cellar 5-8 years (2013-2016)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%
    Stelvin


    Other Reviews......
    D’Arenberg’s flagship is the 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, the nose is reticent but gives up aromas of meat, bacon, game, truffles, blueberry, and blackberry. Firm, layered, and complex, this beautifully rendered Shiraz demands a decade of cellaring. It will be superb from 2018 to 2036.
    95+ points
    Dr Jay Miller - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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    2002 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz Magnum (1500ml)
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $299. 99 Bottle
    $3599.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 10 - 16 Years (2016-2022)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    An outstanding ‘essay’ in concentration of flavour. Opaque black purple colour, with purple hue and strong colour cling to the walls of the glass. Magnificent nose of violets, blackberry, confectionary, prune, spice and liquorice allsorts. The palate lives up to all expectations of the nose. Mouth filling, with flavours of vanilla, spice, plum, cedar and blackberry. Velvet smooth tannins, excellent balance, with exceptionally long aftertaste of liquorice, blackberry and blackpepper. Limited Stocks.
    Cellar 10-16 years (2016-2022)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%

    Other reviews... Clean and quite fragrant; abundant blackberry and dark chocolate fruit; controlled extract and good balance.
    94 points - James Hallidays Wine Companion
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    2002 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 5 - 8 Years (2009-2012)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    An outstanding ‘essay’ in concentration of flavour. Opaque black purple colour, with purple hue and strong colour cling to the walls of the glass. Magnificent nose of violets, blackberry, confectionary, prune, spice and liquorice allsorts. The palate lives up to all expectations of the nose. Mouth filling, with flavours of vanilla, spice, plum, cedar and blackberry. Velvet smooth tannins, excellent balance, with exceptionally long aftertaste of liquorice, blackberry and blackpepper. Limited Stocks.
    Cellar 5-8 years (2009-2012)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%
    RATING 98/100

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    2002 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz Jeroboam (3000ml)
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    Reduced from $799.00
    $599. 00 Bottle
    $7188.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 10 - 16 Years (2016-2022)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Was $799, Now $599

    An outstanding ‘essay’ in concentration of flavour. Opaque black purple colour, with purple hue and strong colour cling to the walls of the glass. Magnificent nose of violets, blackberry, confectionary, prune, spice and liquorice allsorts. The palate lives up to all expectations of the nose. Mouth filling, with flavours of vanilla, spice, plum, cedar and blackberry. Velvet smooth tannins, excellent balance, with exceptionally long aftertaste of liquorice, blackberry and blackpepper. Limited Stocks.
    Cellar 10-16 years (2016-2022)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%

     

    Other reviews... Clean and quite fragrant; abundant blackberry and dark chocolate fruit; controlled extract and good balance.
    94 points - James Hallidays Wine Companion

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    2005 d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    Reduced from $120.00
    $89. 99 Bottle
    $1079.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2011-2012)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Was $120.00 Now $89.99

    Totally opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue. Superb nose of violets followed by spice, blackberry and vanilla – mouthfilling palate with black pepper and spice evident – more elegant than the 2004 and quite typical in structure to the rest of the top 2005 vintage wines. Very spicy black pepper. Aftertaste of blackberry, spice, vanilla and black pepper.
    Cellar 4-5 years (2011-2012)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%

    Other Reviews…
    D’Arenberg’s most famous wine is its flagship, The Dead Arm Shiraz. The 2005 The Dead Arm Shiraz is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2025.
    95 points
    Dr Jay Miller – The Wine Advocate

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    2003 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz Magnum (1500ml)
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    Reduced from $199.00
    $175. 00 Bottle
    $2100.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Was $199, Now $175

    Other Reviews....
    Deep colour; typically massively rich and concentrated; black fruits, chocolate, tannins and oak are all fighting each other for top spot. Hopefully, a truce will be declared in 5 or so years.
    93 points
    James Halliday - Wine Companion

    One of this estate’s flagship wines, the 2003 The Dead Arm Shiraz appears to be better than the 2002. A deeper, richer, fuller-bodied offering that spent time in equal parts French and American oak, it possesses an opaque purple color, great intensity, and a fabulously sweet nose of blackberries, cassis, asphalt, earth, and oak. Powerful, super-concentrated, and obviously fashioned from low yields and old vines, this is a classic McLaren Vale old vine Shiraz that should age nicely for 15+ years.
    95 points
    Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #161 (Oct 2005)

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    2002 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2010-2011)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Since it’s first release in 1984, the Elderton Command Shiraz has established a reputation as one of Australia’s best and most sought after shiraz. Previous vintages of this wine have received numerous accolades and awards from around the world including the trophy for the best Shiraz in the world at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition. The wine has also consistently received lavish praise from influential US wine critics Robert Parker & Wine Spectator Magazine. 

    Sourced from vines planted in the early 1900’s, 2002 was a dream year viticulturally, with mild summer temperatures being greeted with a very dry and mild Autumn, ensuring long hang times, great baume’s and amazing natural acidity.

    The reputation of the 2002 vintage alone will ensure that this Barossa icon will be highly sought after by collectors from around the world.

    The wine was matured in a combination of American & French oak for a period of 3 years (starting off in new American & new French oak puncheons and then transferred into older oak after about one year). It is then given a further 12 months bottle age before release.

    A magnificent Elderton Command.  Opaque, deep crimson colour with deep crimson hue.  Perfumed top notes of violets and vanilla followed by spice, confectionary and blackberry.  The palate is mouthfilling, with ‘joosy’ flavours of spice and white pepper followed by overlays of vanilla, confectionary, plum and spice.  Velvet smooth tannins.  Aftertaste of vanilla, spice, dark chocolate and confectionary.
    Cellar: 4-5 years (2010-2011)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%

    Other Reviews….
    Elderton’s flagship cuvee, the awesome 2002 Command Shiraz, is a classically Australian, bigger than life, extroverted, flamboyant effort boasting huge notes of smoky oak, new saddle leather, roasted meats, blackberry liqueur, and creme de cassis. It is an enormously chewy, unctuously textured Shiraz that should age for 10-15 years.
    94-96 pointsRobert Parker, Wine Advocate #161 (Oct 2005)

    A stunning effort, the 2002 Shiraz Command exhibits an inky/blue/purple colour as well as a sweet perfume of camphor, blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, and smoky, toasty oak. Full-bodied, opulent, and viscous, with huge, but sweet tannin, decent acidity, and a muscular, long, 40+ second finish, this is a classic, potentially long-lived, Barossa blockbuster. It’s accessible now, but ideally needs another 2-4 years of bottle age, and should keep for two decades.
    95 points
    Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #167 (Oct 2006)

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    2004 Elderton Command Shiraz - Museum Release
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2012-2017)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Screw Cap

    A monumental Command from a great vintage - one for the collectors.

    Elderton Command Shiraz is a single vineyard wine that has established a formidable international reputation since the first vintage in 1984. Twenty eight years later, the wine is regarded as one of the great wines of the world. The Elderton vineyard is located on the southern edge of the Nuriootpa township and planted on deep alluvial silt over red and brown earth and limestone. The majority of the rows are orientated east-west (as opposed to the more common orientation of north-south). This enables cooling breezes from the Barossa Ranges to flow through the rows of vines rather than against them. The Command block is planted out with Shiraz vines that are over 100 years old which contributes the monumental layers of flavour and complexity. Tasting Note….
    Nearly nine years on, this wine is holding well and showing some obvious tertiary development, as one would expect. The colour is an opaque black dark red with a dark red hue. The nose displays good intensity and lift with liquorice, dark chocolate and toasty vanillin oak to the fore followed by some subtle complexing leather-like notes mingling with hints of spice. Still plenty of voluptuous fruit here as the palate unfolds. An opulent burst of liquorice, black plum, dark chocolate, mocha and toasty vanillin oak fills the mouth with a faint hint of leather and some spice on the back palate. Velvet smooth tannin structure. Superb depth with very long liquorice, toasty vanillin oak, mocha and spice aftertaste.
    Spoil yourself now or cellar confidently over the next 4-5 years assured of the zero potential for cork taint (2012-2017).
    Alc 14.5% First tasted Febuary 2008.
    A superbly structured, refined Command. Very deep black crimson colour with deep crimson hue. Perfumed nose of violets, blackberry and vanilla. Mouthfilling palate – explosive flavours of blackberry, vanilla, spice and confectionary, showing excellent length with refined depth of flavour. Fine firmish tannins, perfect balance. Very long aftertaste of blackberry and vanilla followed by black and white pepper.
    Cellar 5-8 years (2013-2016)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%
    98 Points Other Reviews…
    The 2004 Shiraz “Command” comes from a single block of 104-year-old vines. It was aged in 100% new oak puncheons (400 liter barrels). Opaque purple-colored, this Shiraz has fabulous aromatics of smoke, melted tar, licorice, espresso, game, and blueberry compote. Layered but tight, this full-bodied wine is thick, rich, and totally hedonistic. The finish lasts for 60 seconds. However, be warned. This monumental Shiraz needs 10-15 years to fully unfold. It will provide pleasure through 2035.
    98 points
    Jay Miller – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
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    2002 Elderton Command Shiraz Methuselah (6000ml)
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $1500. 00 Bottle
    $18000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Transports table theatre into the sixth dimension. One Methuselah only to sell of this monster sized Command from a classic vintage!

    Since its first release in 1984, Elderton Command has established a reputation as one of Australia’s most sought after shiraz. Previous vintages have received numerous accolades including the trophy for the best Shiraz in the world at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition. The wine has also consistently received lavish praise from influential US critics Robert Parker & Wine Spectator Magazine. 

    Sourced from vines planted in the early 1900’s, 2002 was a dream year viticulturally, with mild summer temperatures being greeted with a very dry and mild Autumn, ensuring long hang times, great baume’s and amazing natural acidity.

    The wine was matured in a combination of American & French oak for a period of 3 years (starting off in new American & new French oak puncheons and then transferred into older oak after about one year). It is then given a further 12 months bottle age before release.

    A magnificent Elderton Command.  Opaque, deep crimson colour with deep crimson hue.  Perfumed top notes of violets and vanilla followed by spice, confectionary and blackberry.  The palate is mouthfilling, with ‘joosy’ flavours of spice and white pepper followed by overlays of vanilla, confectionary, plum and spice.  Velvet smooth tannins.  Aftertaste of vanilla, spice, dark chocolate and confectionary.
    Cellar: 4-5 years (2010-2011)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%

    Other reviews…. Elderton’s flagship cuvee, the awesome 2002 Command Shiraz, is a classically Australian, bigger than life, extroverted, flamboyant effort boasting huge notes of smoky oak, new saddle leather, roasted meats, blackberry liqueur, and creme de cassis. It is an enormously chewy, unctuously textured Shiraz that should age for 10-15 years.
    94-96 pointsRobert Parker, Wine Advocate #161 (Oct 2005)

    ...A stunning effort, the 2002 Shiraz Command exhibits an inky/blue/purple colour as well as a sweet perfume of camphor, blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, and smoky, toasty oak. Full-bodied, opulent, and viscous, with huge, but sweet tannin, decent acidity, and a muscular, long, 40+ second finish, this is a classic, potentially long-lived, Barossa blockbuster. It’s accessible now, but ideally needs another 2-4 years of bottle age, and should keep for two decades. 95 points
    Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #167 (Oct 2006)

    • 97
    2003 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2011-2012)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    First released in 1984, the Elderton Command Shiraz has established a reputation as one of the Barossa’s icon wines sitting alongside the likes of Grant Burge Meshach, Henschke Mount Edelstone, Yalumba Octavius, E&E Blackpepper and Glaetzer Amon Ra. Vintage after vintage it has received high praise from critics around the world including Robert Parker and Wine Spectator magazine.

    Fruit for the wine is sourced from vines planted in the early 1900’s with yields of less than 4 tonnes per hectare. The wine is matured in a combination of new American and French oak for approximately 12 months and then transferred into older oak for a further 12 months. The wine is then given a further 12 months bottle age before being released.

    This is another magnificent example of Command show casing what the Barossa does best.

    Totally opaque black crimson colour with crimson hue. Superb perfumed top note with vanilla, blackberry, dark chocolate and spice. The palate is exotic, with flavours of plum, vanilla and liquorice totally filling the palate. In the background layers of clove, dark chocolate and vanilla emerge, followed by liquorice and liquorice allsorts. Very strong, spicy vanilla, clove and plum aftertaste.
    Cellar 4-5 years (2011-2012)
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%

    • 97
    1998 Elderton Command Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 5 - 8 Years (2007-2010)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Elderton Command Shiraz has established an international reputation as one of Australia’s Great Wine Icons. The Elderton style reflects the Barossa terroir perfectly, resulting in a voluptuous, super ripe fruit bomb, that has enthralled wine lovers around the world.
    Recently, a distinguished Californian wine maker labelled Australian Shiraz as a ‘caricature’ of what (according to him) Shiraz ought to smell and taste like, preferring an obviously lighter leaner and less fruit filled wine. So what is a real Shiraz supposed to taste like? The answer to that question will depend on who you ask and from what part of the globe they come from.
    A winemaker in an area like Rhone Valley would aim to produce a lighter, less alcoholic wine (around 12% alc/vol) and consequently display more white and black pepper qualities than its Barossa counterpart.In a conversation with Ron Laughton of Heathcote’s Jasper Hill, it was revealed that the pepper flavour profiles are in fact due to less than fully ripened fruit, a parallel that could be drawn with leafy, vegetal qualities of Cabernet. Laughton maintains that it is only two weeks after he tastes the black pepper qualities in his berries that he will consider picking the grapes – waiting for the richer riper fruit bomb qualities to emerge. The ripe Australian Shiraz’s from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale or Heathcote, Victoria have alcohol levels typically between 14-15%, with some even being higher. However, there is generally no sign of portiness or hot alcohol characteristics on the finish. The qualities that make Australian Shiraz so unique are the juxtaposition of apparent conflicting qualities. Super rich fruit, velvet smooth richness, spectacular colour and density, followed by layers of mesmerising flavour, and relatively high alcohol with low pH levels. Who could blame international winemakers for being envious of such a combination.

    THE ELDERTON COMMAND SHIRAZ HAS BEEN STEADILY SCALING THE RANKS OF TOP AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ. THE 1998 VINTAGE ROCKETS IT INTO SUPERSTAR STATUS. IT IS ONE OF THE GREAT EXPRESSIONS OF THE AUSTRALIAN STYLE AND IS RIVALLED ONLY BY PENFOLDS GRANGE AND HENSCHKE HILL OF GRACE.
    THIS IS AN AWESOME AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ AND ONE NOT TO BE MISSED

    The 1998 Vintage has just been released and already the phones are running hot. The 1998 Elderton Command is not only a Great wine in its own right, but is one of the last wines to be released from the greatest vintage of last century and need we add – a great collectable!
    TASTING NOTE: The wine has been matured for 3 years in French and American oak, and then further matured for one year in the bottle prior to its release. The colour of this wine is totally opaque, with hues of black and crimson. The nose is magnificent, perfumed, displaying an array of ripe aromas that heralds an extraordinary wine is to follow. Aromas of violets, ripe plum, aniseed, vanilla, toasted oak, mocca and dark chocolate. The palate is totally mouthfilling, with wonderful flavour profiles of roast coffee, mocca and chocolate over layers of plum, vanilla and liquorice. Velvet smooth tannins, followed by an exceptionally long aftertaste of mocca, ripe plums, liquorice and spice. An essay in Voluptuous Beauty. Eat your heart out Rhone Ranger! Cellar 5-8 years (2007-2010). An Outstanding wine.
    14.5% Alc/Vol

    • 96
    1998 Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    A superb wine and only available on a very strict allocation to a lucky few. The wine was matured in French oak for 15 months. Opaque black, crimson colour. Magnificent nose with aroma of vanilla, spice, liquorice and blackcurrants. Totally mouthfilling palate with abundant flavour of dark chocolate, vanilla and blackcurrant. Outstanding depth and persistence of flavour- fine, firmish dry tannins, but perfectly balanced with very long aftertaste of vanilla, blackcurrant, spice and cinnamon.
    Cellar 8-10 years.
    VALUE: XXXXX/5

    Other Reviews....
    The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is brilliant. Opaque black/purple-colored with an explosive nose of licorice, blackberry, cassis, tar, and new oak, this huge, ripe wine (it was aged in 100% new French oak) is layered, thick, smoky, concentrated, and a true blockbuster from this superb vintage. One thousand five-hundred cases were produced. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2018.
    92 points
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    • 98
    1999 Gibson's Barossa Vale Australian Old Vine Collection Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $135. 00 Bottle
    $1620.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    The Old Vine Collection is a personal pursuit of Rob Gibson’s in locating extremely old and rare remnant vineyards planted over 150 years ago. The vineyard is located at Langmeil in the Barossa Valley and the vines were planted in the mid 1800’s by the original Barossa settlers making them some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Gibson is currently searching for original old remnant vineyards in Coonawarra and the Hunter Valley.
    Opaque black crimson colour with mauve hue. Superb, refined nose of violets, liquorice allsorts, plum, spice and a chocolate end note. Totally mouthfilling palate – flavours of blackpepper, cedar, violets, plum and liquorice. The back palate shows extraordinary length. Perfect balance, velvet smooth tannins, followed by an exceptionally long blackpepper, spice and plum aftertaste.
    Cellar 8-10 years.
    14% Alc/Vol.

    • 97
    • 96
    2002 Gibson's Australian Old Vine Collection Barossa Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2017-2020)
    Closure: Cork

    Rob Gibson is a viticulturalist with a very investigative mind. He has no argument that quality winemaking starts in the vineyard, however in order to maximise the end flavour profiles of a wine, Gibson has come to the realization that he must draw upon a diverse range of fields from horticulture and soil science, to meteorology and climatology. In fact, Gibson’s obsession with terroir leads him burrowing under vines like an old wombat in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of each Old Vines site (see tasting notes on the 2002 Gibson’s Barossa Vale Shiraz.)
    Totally opaque black dark red colour with a very dark brick red hue. The nose sings with heady aromas of liquorice, dark plum and mocha followed by vanillin oak, hints of earth and spice. Rich and satiny in texture the palate is flooded with mouthfilling flavours of liquorice, ripe luscious blackberries, dark plum and flashes of dark chocolate over earthy vanillin oak, traces of leather and spice. Excellent power and depth with an opulent yet refined mouthfeel and silky smooth tannins. Long plush aftertaste of dark plums, liquorice, blackberries, vanillin oak, subtle dark chocolate, earthy leather and spice.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc 15%

    Originally Tasted August 2004: This extraordinary wine continues to produce exceptional elegance and refinement. The grapes are sourced from Australia’s oldest surviving Shiraz plantings which date back to the 1850’s with total production a mere three hundred cases. A rare piece of history and wonderful vinous experience.Totally opaque black crimson colour, with black crimson hue. Superb nose of violets, followed by layers of vanilla, spice, liquorice allsorts and blackberries. The palate has both power and refinement. Flavours of liquorice allsorts, vanilla, spice and chocolate provide for an outstanding palate experience with excellent length and depth. Perfect balance, with fine grained tannins and exceptionally long aftertaste of violet infusions, liquorice, spice and vanilla. LIMITED STOCKS.
    Cellar 8-10 years (2012-2014)
    Alc./Vol.15%

    Other Reviews....
    Aged in 100% new oak (70% French and 30% American), the 2002 Shiraz Old Vine Collection is an amazing Shiraz produced from 92- to 139-year-old vines. Surprisingly, it possesses “only” 14+% alcohol. A deep saturated purple color is followed by aromas of espresso roast, white chocolate, pepper, blackberry liqueur, and melted asphalt. This is a youthful, primary red displaying an incredible wealth of fruit, magnificent glycerin as well as depth, and a monster finish of 70+ seconds. This stunning 2002 should hit its prime in 2-4 years, and last for 15 or more.
    96 points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #155

    • 99
    2001 Gibson's Australian Old Vine Collection Barossa Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 10 - 15 Years (2013-2018)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Rob Gibson - the former chief viticulturist of Penfolds, is regarded as the worlds foremost authority on the cultivation of Shiraz. His expertise is sought in the USA, South America, Europe and even Russia – (we only hope he doesn’t tell the ‘opposition’ the full story.) The story of Barossa Old Vines Shiraz is very much an expression of Gibson’s passion for Australian Viticultural history.
    During his career, he made a habit of looking over fences into the backyards of Barossa residents, seeking out ruminants of old vineyards. His discovery of Langmiel Vineyard which at 155 years old, is regarded as the oldest in Australia and of great viticultural importance. These old, dry-grown treasures have survived the seasonal variations of many decades. Their thick trunks have often been hollowed out by white ants and their hearts exposed for all to view. The vines are pruned and harvested by hand yielding miniscule crops, often of less than 2 tonnes per acre.
    But what special quality of these vines bestows greatness upon a wine? Is it merely our perception based upon age and rarity that drives up prices and demand, or is there a perceivable difference in flavour? Certainly commercial scarcity contributes to the price, but in relative terms to the current release Penfolds Grange for example, most old vine wines are very inexpensive. Research indicates that the extraordinary quality of wines produced from old vines begins in their root system: Old age has seemingly conferred a natural wisdom upon such vines and they possess an extensive network of deeply penetrating roots that are able to withstand moisture stress. In fact the grandfather vines are never stressed, they merely experience a variation of moisture tension in the various layers of strata through which their roots penetrate. It is this water tension that influences the leaf development of the vine and the subsequent evolution of unique flavour compounds in the grapes. The result is a marvel for the International wine community – wines of unmistakable character and complexity that cannot be found in wines of younger origin. With great age, only the healthiest vines have survived, to provide a summation of times past, as well as a window into the future. The rare attributes of these vines mean the wines produced from them are amongst the worlds great drinking, collecting and investment opportunities.

    A sensational example of old vines Shiraz!

    A sensational example of Old Vines Shiraz from vines planted around the middle of the 19th century. Totally opaque black crimson purple colour. The nose is superb with a perfumed nose of violets followed by blackcurrant, cedar and confectionary. The palate flavours explode – totally mouthfilling, monumental layers of liquorice, blackpepper and blackberry, followed by confectionary and vanilla. A wine of enormous power. The tannins are firm and dry but in balance with the fruit. Exceptionally long aftertaste of blackberry, confectionary and vanilla. An enormous wine, yet filled with graceful charm.
    Cellar 10-15 years.
    Alc/Vol: 14.0%

    • 98
    2000 Gibson's Australian Old Vine Collection Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2006-2007)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    This tiny property is located amongst the urban landscape of Langmel. The grandfather vines were planted in the mid 1800’s and are amongst the oldest in Australia. Today this national treasure is nurtured by the Lindner and Sphr families, and thanks to its isolated suburban location, it remains disease free. Rob Gibson was the Penfolds Grange viticulturist for many years and was responsible for identifying top growers as sources of fruit for Penfolds Grange, St.Henri, Bin 389 and other top Penfolds brands. Gibson also owns the Wilfreda vineyard, which was a source of Grange fruit in the 1980’s. This fruit goes into his Barossa Vale Shiraz, which is a snap at the $30 price tag. The 2000 Old Vines Collection is an outstanding follow up to the 1999.

    Tasting Note: Very deep crimson black colour with deep crimson hue. The nose displays layers of complexity which are also transferred onto the palate. Aroma of chocolate, plum, vanilla and liquorice allsorts infused with blackpepper. Mouthfilling palate, with layers of vanilla, plum and spice, counterpointed by subtle toasted oak and blackpepper. A refined, structured palate, perfectly balanced, with fine grained tannins and a very long aftertaste of spice, plum and blackpepper.
    Cellar 4-5 years (2006-2007)
    Alc/Vol: 14.0%

    • 99
    2005 Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz Magnum (1500ml)
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $350. 00 Bottle
    $4200.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork
    A powerhouse of Shiraz. Again, like the Godolphin, this wine is unfiltered. Opaque black purple colour with black purple hue. Perfumed nose, with layers of violet, spice, liquorice and vanilla. The palate flavours are very pronounced, with a very spicy back palate. Mouthfilling flavours of black pepper, blackberry, spice, and plum overlaid with cedar. The tannins are fine, yet slightly chalky but perfectly balanced. Very long aftertaste of black pepper, spice and plum. Cellar 5-8 years (2011-2014) Alc/Vol: 14.5%

    Other Reviews…. The profound 2005 Shiraz Amon Ra is fashioned from a dry grown, 100- to 110 year-old vineyard, and spends 14 months in a combination of 100% new French and American barrels as well as 300-liter hogsheads. A saturated purple color is followed by scents of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, black raspberries, graphite, and sweet wood. It unfolds beautifully on the palate to reveal terrific richness, full-bodied power, great definition, and lovely elegance. This exquisite Shiraz is still young, but it possesses a degree of accessibility. It should age for two decades. It is a superb example of cutting edge winemaking being utilized on ancient Shiraz vines in the Barossa.
    98 points - Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
    2006 Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz Magnum (1500ml)
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $350. 00 Bottle
    $4200.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork
    Amon' and 'Ra' were two deities rolled into one to become the Sun God of ancient Egyptian mythology. With this release Ben Glaetzer has created a wine of mythic proportions. Sunshine and old Barossa vines transform fruit into an epic Australian red that's a must for Shiraz devotees.

    Other reviews... Impenetrable colour; a full-bodied palate, stacked to the gills with layer-upon-layer of blackberry, prune, licorice and plum fruit, yet the tannin and oak are not overdone, nor is the alcohol. Oh for a screwcap. Drink by 2021. Tasted 2007. 96 points - James Hallidays Wine Companion
    2005 Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Tasted 9/102006: A powerhouse of Shiraz. Again, like the Godolphin, this wine is unfiltered. Opaque black purple colour with black purple hue. Perfumed nose, with layers of violet, spice, liquorice and vanilla. The palate flavours are very pronounced, with a very spicy back palate. Mouthfilling flavours of black pepper, blackberry, spice, and plum overlaid with cedar. The tannins are fine, yet slightly chalky but perfectly balanced. Very long aftertaste of black pepper, spice and plum.
    Cellar 5-8 years 
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%
    99 points


    Other Reviews….
    The profound 2005 Shiraz Amon Ra is fashioned from a dry grown, 100- to 110 year-old vineyard, and spends 14 months in a combination of 100% new French and American barrels as well as 300-liter hogsheads. A saturated purple color is followed by scents of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, black raspberries, graphite, and sweet wood. It unfolds beautifully on the palate to reveal terrific richness, full-bodied power, great definition, and lovely elegance. This exquisite Shiraz is still young, but it possesses a degree of accessibility. It should age for two decades. It is a superb example of cutting edge winemaking being utilized on ancient Shiraz vines in the Barossa.
    98 points
    Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate

    • Reduced
    1998 Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    Reduced from $150.00
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Meshach is Grant Burge’s equivalent of Grange, although it’s made as a much more refined expression of the variety. Meshach is produced from 80 year old vines and matured for 2 years in new American oak. The 1998 Meshach is an impressive wine, but falls short on concentration compared to previous vintages.

    Tasted 17/04/2002

    Very deep crimson colour with black heart and deep crimson mauve hue. Superb nose of violets, spice, blackberry, plum and vanilla – an excellent sniffing experience. The palate whilst refined by Grange standards is nonetheless mouthfilling and displays great length and depth. Flavours of vanilla, spice, blackcurrant and plum over layers of subtle oak. Perfect integration of components. Velvet smooth tannins, followed by an exceptionally long aftertaste of violets, anise, vanilla and blackcurrant.
    Cellar 3-4 years (2005-2006)
    Alc/Vol: 14.0%
    96 points 

    • 99
    2005 Greenock Creek Alice's Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 3 - 4 Years (2011-2012)
    ABV: 17.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Mollydooker winemaker Sparky Marquis declares that his wines make people go wow! – Well this wine is a double or triple WOW! A total saturate of colour – totally black and with paint like cling to the glass. Superb aroma of liquorice, dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and spice. The palate is an explosion of flavour – liquorice, spice, black pepper and vanilla are perfectly balanced, and overlaid with black and white pepper. Exceptionally long aftertaste of vanilla, plum and liquorice.
    Cellar 3-4 years (2010-2011)
    Alc/Vol: 17.5%

    Other Reviews....
    Greenock Creek Vineyard & Cellars, owned by Michael and Annabelle Waugh, remains one of South Australia’s iconic wineries. Start with a great terroir, add in old vine material and meticulous winemaking, and end with extraordinary results.

    The 2005 Alice’s Shiraz spent 28 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads. Aromas of smoke, asphalt, meat, game, truffle, and blueberry soar from the glass. On the palate this full-bodied Shiraz is velvety-textured, layered, spicy, and richly fruity. While not quite as riveting as the 2004 edition, it has enough structure to evolve for several years and should drink well through 2025.
    96 points
    Dr Jay Miller - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

    2008 Greenock Creek Cornerstone Grenache
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $49. 99 Bottle
    $599.88 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    No tasting notes available.
    2003 Greenock Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Was $99.99  Now $39.99

    Other Reviews...

    A sleeper offering is the 2003 Cabernet, an old French oak-aged 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. I have been drinking up my stash of the 1997, and it remains very young at ten years of age. Made from 15-year-old vines with yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, it offers beautiful sweet black currant fruit interwoven with notions of cherries, road tar, cedar, and spice box. It would be interesting to insert this classic, top-flight Cabernet Sauvignon in a blind tasting of the finest Bordeaux. A beautiful full-bodied texture and sweet tannin suggest it will keep for 10-15 years
    93 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate

    2003 Greenock Creek Seven Acres Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $89. 99 Bottle
    $1079.88 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    From 16-year-old vines, the inky/purple-tinged 2003 Shiraz Seven Acres was aged 28 months in American wood, but it has soaked up all its vanillin characteristics, exhibiting a beautifully sweet nose of blueberries, blackberries, tar, and crushed rocks. Dense, full-bodied, and opulent, this stunning Shiraz is a candidate for “Shiraz of the Vintage” in 2003. Drink it over the next 15+ years.
    98 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
    • 96
    2004 Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz - Museum Release
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2010-2014)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Opaque black dark crimson red colour with deep dark red hue. The nose is a touch more reserved than the 2004 Alices Shiraz with aromas of blackberry, liquorice, vanilla and confectionary emerging. Full bodied and gloriously rich the palate displays opulent flavours of blackberry, liquorice, vanilla, confectionary and spice. Excellent concentration and length. Super fine grained tannin structure with long aftertaste of blackberry, liquorice, confectionary and spice.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years (2010-2014).
    Alc 14.0%

    Other Reviews….
    The 2004 Shiraz “Apricot Block” was aged for 28 months in older American oak. It has an expressive bouquet of cedar, tar, pepper, violets, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied, smoothly-textured, layered, and rich, this intense, powerful wine should drink well for 12-15 years. 95 points
    Jay Miller – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

    1998 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $599. 00 Bottle
    $7188.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The wine possesses the concentration of the greatest classics ever produced in such Bordeaux vintages as 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, and 1982. This is a full-bodied red with a finish that lasts well over 60 seconds. For its size and concentration, it is, surprisingly, not heavy, just super-endowed. The Shiraz is accessible, but still primary. Unfortunately, quantities are extremely limited for this spectacular, world-class Australian red.
    100 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
    2005 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $299. 00 Bottle
    $3588.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The 2005 Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep garnet-purple colored, giving intense earthy aromas of damp hummus and iron ore over crushed black currants, ripe blueberries, Mediterranean herbs, cloves, cardamom, hung meat, charred planks and cedar. Medium-bodied, it’s very crisp and tight knit with firm fine tannins, layers of earth, cassis and savory flavors, and a very long finish. With decanting, readers could consider broaching this now, though ideally leave it another 3 years+ in bottle and enjoy from 2014 to 2024+.
    95 Points
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
    2008 Greenock Creek Seven Acres Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    Very deep garnet purple colored, the 2008 Seven Acre Shiraz reveals pronounced notes of blackberry and black cherry preserves with some blueberries, figs, spice box, coffee and cedar. Crisp, full and rich, it has firm fine-grained tannins with a long espresso and dark chocolate laced finish. Consider drinking this one from 2013 to 2020+.
    94 Points
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
    2005 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $399. 00 Bottle
    $4788.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The 2005 Roennfeldt Road Shiraz is very deep purple-black in color. It presents and incredible array of pronounced spice, earth, floral and savory aromas: blackberry preserves, dried mulberries, coffee, grilled duck, vanilla, cloves, fenugreek, violets and dried rose petals plus some shavings of dark chocolate. Very full and very rich in the mouth, at 17.5% declared alcohol this is not a wine for the faint hearted. Though youthful it’s already multi-layered and the opulent flesh is well supported by a good backbone of crisp acid and a high level of velvety tannins. The finish is very, very long. This Shiraz has great balance for the alcohol and although the wine leaves a bit of heat in the finish it neither overpowers nor detracts from the layers of complex flavors. Possessing the foundation and stuffing to age, it should drink well from 2014 to 2025+.
    98 Points
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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    • 97
    2003 Greenock Creek Alice's Block Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $59. 99 Bottle
    $719.88 Dozen
    ABV: 16.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Tasted 16/06/2017:  Impenetrable black as night core with a deep very dark red black hue. Heady aromas of blackberry liqueur, liquorice and dark chocolate waft from the glass overlaying toasty vanillin oak, hints of earthy leather and spicy fennel. Thick, heavy and super concentrated, this red is at the big end of town. A tsunami of rich blackberry, liquorice, black cherry liqueur and black plum flavours smash the palate with vanillin oak, earthy leather and spice characters ensuing. Velvety tannins. There’s a good dose of heat on the finish but if you can handle that and like your reds massively proportioned then you’ll love this. Very long aftertaste of liquorice, black cherry liqueur, black plums, vanillin oak, old leather and spice. An enormously powerful and voluptuously textured Barossa Shiraz with the lofty alcohol seemingly having acted as a fortifying agent to persevere the purity of the fruit. 


    Other Reviews...

    A wine of great nobility, purity, texture, and layers of flavor. While it possesses phenomenal power as well as richness, it carries itself with extraordinary elegance and finesse. The whopping 16.5% alcohol is beautifully incorporated into this massive, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz.
    Drink it over the next 12-15 years.
    97 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate

    2004 Greenock Creek Seven Acres Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The 2004 Shiraz “Seven Acres was also aged for 28 months in used American oak. Inky purple-colored, it offers up an enticing perfume of smoke, earth, mineral, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and intensely flavored, it offers just slightly less complexity than its siblings, but at this level, and in this context, that is a minor quibble. So rich that it can be enjoyed now, it will nevertheless evolve for several years and drink well through 2020.
    95 Points
    Jay Miller - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
    2007 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $350. 00 Bottle
    $4200.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other reviews... Deep garnet in color, the 2007 Roennfeldt Road Shiraz displays an incredible array of aromas: sandalwood, oolong tea, cinnamon stick, cardamom, damp earth, tobacco, cedar, licorice and menthol over a core of dried mulberries and fruit cake. Very full-bodied and densely packed with spiced, dried berry flavors, it has a good line of enlivening acid, medium to firm grainy tannins and a long finish with the oak still poking through. It is approachable now but should drink best 2024+.
    95+ points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013
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    2001 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $499. 00 Bottle
    $5988.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other reviews... The 2001 Shiraz “Roennfeldt Road,” from an outstanding vintage, is the finest since the near-perfect 1998. Opaque purple/black, it offers a mind-boggling bouquet of pencil lead, earth, white truffle, pepper, violets, licorice, blackberry, and blueberry compote. Dense, opulent, and full-bodied, there are mouth-filling, spicy, blue and black fruit flavors with notes of chocolate in the background. This sensational effort demands 8-10 years of additional bottle age and should drink well through 2030. Greenock Creek Vineyard and Cellars, owned by Michael and Annabelle Waugh, is one of the Barossa’s benchmark wineries. Start with a great terroir, add in old vine material, and meticulous winemaking and the results are usually extraordinary. Drink: 2015 - 2030 99+ points - Jay S Miller, Wine Advocate #173 Oct 2007
    1997 Greenock Creek Seven Acres Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The 1997 Shiraz Seven Acres is another big baby that goes on and on in the mouth. Soaring aromas of creme de cassis, smoke, blackberries, new saddle leather, and earth are followed by a layered, multidimensional wine of great purity, richness, and length. At age 12, this seems like a 2- to 3-year-old wine, and while critics might ask “where’s the complexity?”, everything remains intact, and my instincts suggest this, like its siblings, is a 30+ year wine. These wines tend to be drunk entirely too soon, and are often written off before they have ever had a chance to develop fully.
    95 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
    2002 Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews....

    The prodigious 2002 Shiraz Apricot Block (only 10-year-old vines) was produced from fruit cropped at 1.5 tons per acre. Its big, peppery, floral, blueberry, blackberry, pen ink, and vanillin-scented bouquet is followed by a wine with a nervous energy that is totally in keeping with the cool 2002 vintage. Dense, with great purity of fruit, a fabulously multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and an inky finish with enormous concentration, sweet tannin, and superb overall balance, this young, unevolved Shiraz should begin to strut its stuff in 3-4 years, and last for two decades.
    96 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
    2002 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $499. 00 Bottle
    $5988.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The two Roennfeldt Road cuvees, from one of Barossa’s most esteemed addresses, appear to be the finest since the legendary 1998s The 2002 Roennfeldt Road Shiraz was aged in new French oak. Aromas of pain grille, truffle, mineral, violets, blackberry, and blueberry compote are ethereal and lead to a voluptuous, densely layered, succulent, complex Shiraz with 10-15 years of aging potential, This extraordinary effort should drink well through 2040.
    100 Points
    Jay Miller - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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    2005 Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $89. 99 Bottle
    $1079.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 2 - 3 Years (2017-2018)
    ABV: 16.5%
    Closure: Cork
    Re-tasted on 15/5/2015
    Totally opaque inky black colour with a deep very dark red black tinged hue. Aromas of ripe black plums and liquorice are followed by fennel, some vanillin cedar and spice. Full bodied, rich ripe black plum, liquorice and ripe blackberry flavours saturate the palate over a backdrop of fennel, dark chocolate, vanillin oak, a touch of leather and spice. Very concentrated and rich with no apparent heat on the finish. Velvet smooth tannins finishing very long with an aftertaste of black plums, liquorice, fennel, vanillin oak, leather and spice.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc 16.5%

    Totally opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue, showing paint like cling to the glass wall. Superb pronounced nose, with flavours of plum, spice and black pepper. The palate is mouthfilling – flavours of plum, spice and black pepper are overlaid dark chocolate and fill the mouth. Fine grained tannins, perfectly balanced. Very long aftertaste of black pepper, blackberry, plum and vanilla. An example of a top Barossa red.
    Cellar 4-5 years (2011-2012)
    Alc/Vol: 16.5%

    Other Reviews.....
    Greenock Creek Vineyard & Cellars, owned by Michael and Annabelle Waugh, remains one of South Australia’s iconic wineries. Start with a great terroir, add in old vine material and meticulous winemaking, and end with extraordinary results.

    The 2005 Apricot Block Shiraz received the same upbringing as the Alice’s and is a similar glass-coating, opaque purple. An enticing perfume of cedar, scorched earth, pepper, violets, bacon, and blueberry leaps from the glass. A bit more restrained (a mere 15.0% alcohol) than its siblings, it is nevertheless a silky, layered, intensely flavored Shiraz with gobs of fruit and a 60-second finish. It should provide much pleasure from 2012 to 2025.
    95 points
    Dr Jay Miller - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

    2002 Greenock Creek Seven Acres Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The 2002 Shiraz Seven Acre (from 15-year-old vines) is a structured, concentrated, intense effort with inky, blueberry, and blackberry fruit intermixed with camphor and loamy soil notes, fabulous length, and a full-throttle finish that lasts over 45 seconds. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 15+ years.
    95 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
    1998 Greenock Creek Seven Acres Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork
    Other Reviews...

    The massive 1998 Shiraz Seven Acres performed better than it did in its youth. A nuanced, complex bouquet of black fruits, forest floor, graphite, licorice, and leather precedes a peppery, full-bodied Shiraz of extraordinary concentration, density, freshness, and vivacity. While vibrant, exuberant, and huge, it is not over the top, nor does it exhibit any evidence of wood.

    This has always been one of my favorite Barossa wineries - great proprietors, tiny yields, old vines, and a hands-off style of winemaking. Of all the flights we tasted, these stood out as the most riveting wines of the entire tasting. The Shiraz cuvees were off the charts - every one still young and not close to full maturity. These are all high octane wines (14.5-16% alcohol), but any evidence of wood (little new oak is used here except for the limited production Roennfeldt Road cuvee) is completely buried under the aromatic complexity and richness.
    96 Points
    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
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