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2013 'Claire' Reserve Shiraz

2013 'Claire' Reserve Shiraz
$110.00
  • Wine Club Members Price
  • Vegan
  • Organic

Variety

Shiraz

Region

Clare Valley

Food Pairing

Red meat

Vintage

2013

Colour

Deep crimson.

Bouquet

Generous and elegant. Rich, concentrated forest fruits with spice, chocolate and cedar notes.

Palate

Powerful; juicy mid-palate fruit with long grainy tannins, complex oak and natural acidity.

Ageing Potential

Intense depth of fruit indicates this wine will benefit from careful cellaring for 10 - 15 years.

Vineyard

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.

Vinification

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.

Winemakers Notes

Just 560 cases of this premium Shiraz were produced in this vintage.

Technical Notes

Alcohol - 15.0%

pH - 3.42

Acidity - 6.8g/L

Awards

96 points (Gold) - Halliday Wine Companion

"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

Notable Releases

2010

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.

Nick Walker Winemaker

2008

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.

David O'Leary Winemaker