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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Australia 1989 Penfolds Grange 3 Bottle 75cl £375
  • A very hedonistic, almost decadent style of Grange, this blend of 91% Shiraz and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon from three grape sources - Kalimna in the Barossa, Penfolds' other sources in the Barossa, and McLaren Vale - is a gorgeously opulent, almost Pomerol-like Grange with an over-ripe characteristic to the fruit. Cherry liqueur intermixed with cranberry and cassis presented in a seductive, full-bodied, very soft, forward style is truly not the classic Grange in the sense of having huge structure and massive concentration, but this wine is loaded, very corpulent, and fleshy. The wine is going to last for up to two decades, but it will be uncommonly succulent and delicious to drink young, as it was several months ago. Among the young vintages of Grange, this is perhaps the most flattering wine that they have produced over the last 20 years, at least for such a relatively young wine. Anticipated maturity: now-2018.

Tasting Notes
93
Australia 1996 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz 5 Bottle 75cl £350
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    $100

    Drink Date

    1998 - 2038

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Jun 1998

    Source

    117, The Wine Advocate

    An Austrian winemaker named Rolf Binder, who is also the winemaker for Veritas, has produced this intriguing wine. It takes winemaking to the extreme, yet manages to pull it off without producing a total freak.. How do you describe a wine such as this? Yields were a minuscule one ton of fruit per acre from 60-year old vines, production was 100 cases, and the wine's alcohol content is a mammoth 16.5%. This wine, which lasted four days in the bottle before I decided to pass the balance through my bowels, displays an opaque black/purple color, and exotic, coffee, chocolate, Asian spice, roast duck, and blackberry and prune liqueur-like aromas. To say the wine is unctuously-textured is an understatement. This wine looks like 10-W-40 motor oil. Very thick and dry, yet remarkably balanced, with fabulous purity, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute, this spectacular Shiraz will become more civilized with each year of aging. It is the type of wine some Pomerol estates produced in such vintages as 1947, 1949, and 1950, but would not dare to fashion today because modern oenologists refuse to let the grapes become this ripe. A winemaking tour de force, The Malcolm Shiraz should age effortlessly for 40 or more years. 

Tasting Notes
99
Australia 2001 Jasper Hill, Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 1 Case 6 75cl £300
Australia 2001 Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 1 Case 6 75cl £300
Australia 2002 Marquis Phillips Integrity Shiraz 2 Bottle 75cl £140
  • Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Aug 2003

    Source

    148, The Wine Advocate

    The virtually perfect, limited production (1,000 cases) cuvee of 2002 Shiraz Integrity is a 100% Shiraz fashioned from four specific vineyard blocks (surprisingly young vines of 4-6 years in age). It boasts terrific minerality, structure, definition, and prodigious levels of concentration as well as perfume. An inky/black color is followed by aromas of melted road tar, licorice, Asian spices, sweet creme de cassis as well as blackberries, and a hint of acacia flowers. There is compelling density, great purity, and tremendous viscosity, yet it is not over the top. There is real definition/delineation to this large-scaled Shiraz. It was aged in 100% new American oak for 13 months. A tour de force in winemaking, it stood out as one of the most singular and greatest wines I tasted for this report. Anticipated maturity: now-2012. Two of South Australia’s leading viticulturists/winemakers are undoubtedly husband and wife Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Their goals are common sense ones of “creating fruit weight, velvety sensations, and harvesting on ripeness, not sugar readings.” Perhaps their finest accomplishment has been to prove that high quality wines can be produced at a price point that thrills most wine consumers. P.S. Perhaps another way to think of these wines is that they are XXX-rated stuff. They’re not exactly wines for those wanting finesse, lightness, restraint, or intellectual challenge. These are totally decadent homages to joy and yumminess. Or, as a friend of mine said, they are “fragrantly delicious.”  

Tasting Notes
99
Australia 2004 Heathcote Wild Duck Creek Duck Muck 8 Bottle 75cl £215
  • Rating

    96+

    Release Price

    $300

    Drink Date

    2006 - 2026

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Dec 2006

    Source

    168, The Wine Advocate

    A wine of extraordinary intensity, richness, and extract (yields were .5 tons of fruit per acre), the 2004 Shiraz Duck Muck is a totally dry red that tips the scales at 17.5% alcohol. While it pushes the limits of civilized drinking, it is neither pruny nor hot, and should be tasted with an open mind and no hidden agenda (not as easy as one might expect, especially for Eurocentric palates). Inky/purple to the rim with a glorious perfume of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creosote, and vanilla, it was aged in 100% new, heavily toasted French and American barrels for two years prior to bottling. It is nearly off the charts in terms of richness and extract. Although not for everybody, for those who are not reactionary in their tastes, it is an amazing wine that will be fascinating to follow over the next two decades.   

Tasting Notes
96
Australia 2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis 1 Case 6 75cl £750
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $325

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2006

    Source

    167, The Wine Advocate

    One of Australia’s most prodigious Syrahs, Clarendon Hills’ 2004 Syrah Astralis is fashioned from vines planted in 1920, and spends time in 100% new French oak from the cooper, Cadus. It boasts off the charts intensity as well as an opaque purple color, and notes of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, roasted coffee beans, pepper, smoke, and a hint of sweet toasty oak. This full-bodied, rich, intense, backward Syrah needs 2-3+ hours in the decanter if one is going to approach it at this point in its life. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040+.  

Tasting Notes
98
Australia 2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz Creek Block 1 Case 12 75cl £1,075
95
Australia 2006 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz 5 Case 6 75cl £420
96
Australia 2007 Penfolds RWT Shiraz 1 Case 6 75cl £590
  • The 2007 RWT Shiraz is 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz matured 13 months in French hogsheads, 71% new. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it presents youthfully mute aromas of warm blackberries, stewed plums, kirsch, cedar and cloves with an array of Indian spices opening out with air. In the full-bodied mouth it gives very firm, coarsely grained tannins, very crisp acid and good concentration, finishing long and chewy. It should be more open and approachable after a year or two in bottle, drinking to 2022+. 
     

Tasting Notes
93
Australia 2008 Penfolds Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 1 Case 6 75cl £4,350
  • Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz (a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz) is a little restrained on the nose, presenting earthy, black truffle, moss covered bark and loam aromas over gentle notes of cassis, crushed blackberries, chocolate mint and pencil shavings, plus a fragrant whiff of cloves. Medium to full bodied, very ripe and rich in the mouth, the complex, layered fruit is densely packed and well supported by firm, finely grained tannins and very crisp acid. The finish is very long with a subtle hint of mint interspersed with warm berries, vanilla and baking spices. Consider drinking it 2015 to 2025+. Only about 900 cases were made of this wine.

    Score: 98+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (199), February 2012

Tasting Notes
98
Australia 2009 Tyrells Vat 1 Semillon 1 Case 6 75cl £330
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2020

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    Medium-bodied and frankly a bit broad for the genre, the 2009 Vat 1 Semillon has evolved rapidly. Chris Tyrrell calls it a "softer-acid year," and while it still shows some lemony flavors, it's also moved on into notes of smoke and honey. Drink it over the next few years.

Tasting Notes
92
Australia 2010 Penfolds Bin 170 Shiraz Kalimna Vineyard Block 3C 1 Bottle 75cl £650
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    27th Feb 2014

    Source

    211, The Wine Advocate

    Commemorating 170 years of Penfolds and made with grapes from vines around 100 years old, in particular the Kalimna 3C clone, which is a block that almost always makes it into Grange, the deep purple-black colored 2010 Bin 170 Shiraz Kalimna Vineyard Block 3C absolutely “wows” with intense creme de cassis and mocha aromas that are quite meaty and nutty plus accented by some earthy undertones, hints of baking spices, mint and touches of violets. Very concentrated and complex on the medium to full-bodied palate, the firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acid lend support to the very rich, long and layered finish. Drink it now to 2025+.  

Tasting Notes
98
Australia 2010 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £560
  • Deep garnet-purple in color and sporting a very forward and expressive, creme de cassis-led nose with hints of dried mint, dark chocolate and cigar boxes plus a whiff of dried herbs following, the full-bodied 2010 Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, concentrated and classic Barossa Cabernet style shaped by medium to firm, grainy tannins and crisp acid. It finishes very long. 

Tasting Notes
92
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