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2013 'Claire' Reserve Shiraz
- Wine Club Members Price
Generous and elegant. Rich, concentrated forest fruits with spice, chocolate and cedar notes.
Powerful; juicy mid-palate fruit with long grainy tannins, complex oak and natural acidity.
Intense depth of fruit indicates this wine will benefit from careful cellaring for 10 - 15 years.
Fruit is sourced from 120-year-old dry grown Shiraz in Polish Hill River. Despite growing these vines organically since planting in the 1970s, 2012 marked the first year of NASAA Organic Certification for these vineyards.
Handmade in one and two tonne fermenters, the fruit is de-stemmed and fermented using natural yeast. The 'Claire' is hand-plunged up to four time daily to control temperature and maximise flavour and tannin extraction. Left on skins post-fermentation for 15 days, it is then lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques for 30 months; spending time in virgin French oak for 12 months and five-year-old French oak for the remaining 18 months.
Just 560 cases of this premium Shiraz were produced in this vintage.
Alcohol - 15.0%
pH - 3.42
Acidity - 6.8g/L
"A wonderfully sumptuous and supple wine, its bouquet and palate a treasure trove of blackberry, red and black cherry, spice, cedar and chocolate; fine-grained tannins provide support, as doe the French oak. Once you've got a glass in your hand, you're not likely to put it down." - James Halliday
Rich, concentrated fruit with blackberry spice, hints of chocolate and cedar. Intense depth of fruit indicates that our 2010 'Claire' will benefit from careful cellaring for 10-15 years. 97 points from Halliday Wine Companion.
Scoring an outstanding 96 points from Halliday Wine Companion and Top Gold medal at the 2012 Wrest Point Royal Hobart Wine Show, this release certainly lives up to its awards. Only 630 cases were produced of our 2008 'Claire', an elegant Clare Valley Shiraz with rich mid-palate fruit, long grainy tannins and a fantastic balanced acidity.