2003 Tatiarra Caravan of Dreams Shiraz Pressings
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2003 Tatiarra Caravan of Dreams Shiraz Pressings

Heathcote, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
$120. 00
$1440.00 Dozen
ABV: 15.5%
Closure: Stelvin

The 2002 Caravan of Dreams sold out in just a few days. We expect the 2003 vintage to only last hours. This wine was always going to be totally over the top. It is a wine that delivers a force of flavour that can only be rivalled by a few wines. The wine is a tribute to the vineyards founder, Bill Hepburn, who ten years ago had the foresight to find a magnificent north sloping block on the cooler face of Mount Camel. The vineyard consists entirely of the prized Cambrian earth. Like many pioneers, Bill Hepburn struggled during the early years, living in a caravan and utilizing a thunderbox, located under the shade of a large gum tree. Hepburn dreamed of producing extraordinary Shiraz, but the cold winters in the caravan proved too difficult and he subsequently sold the property to Domaines Tatiarra.
In every lineup, the Caravan of Dreams inevitably tops the tasting. Matured entirely in new AP Johns American oak. The wine is made from the pressings of Cambrian Shiraz. Totally opaque black purple colour, with deep black purple hue. Superb nose - a wine of explosive power and concentration is expected. Powerful notes of violets, spice, blackberry, plums and vanilla fill the head. The palate explodes - a monumental statement of concentration, surpassing even last years formidable wine. Flavours of black pepper, ripe plums, spice, blackberry, violets, confectionary, vanilla and liquorice allsorts creates a totally encompassing wine. Fine dry tannins, with remarkable balance for a wine of such concentration. Extraordinary length and aftertaste.
Cellar 10-15 years. 
Alc/Vol: 15.5%

Other Reviews....
The 2003 Shiraz Pressings is among the finest Shiraz wines I have ever tasted from Heathcote. A brilliant effort cropped at 2.2 tons of fruit per acre, and aged 18 months in 90% French and 10% American oak, its opaque purple color is accompanied by a sweet, voluptuous mid-palate and a huge finish. This outstanding 2003 should age well for 10-15 years.
94-96 points
Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate #155