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Australia 1982 Henschke Hill of Grace 1 Bottle 75cl
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    93 Points
    1982 Vintage
    Huon Hooke
    Tasted: 12-Mar-2013

     

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93
Australia 1986 Penfolds Grange 6 Bottle 75cl
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    One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged, and it’s hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but don’t believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesn’t make any sense. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate, and it appears to still have 25-30 years of upside. (98+ points)

    Score: 98

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2009-2039

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98
Australia 1996 Penfolds Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Bright medium ruby. Cool, expressive aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, dark chocolate, espresso and cola; the oak seems more successfully integrated than in most of the other Penfolds releases. Intensely flavored and firmly built, with lovely ripe acidity; initially wanted a bit for flesh but grew lusher and sweeter with aeration. Finishes with tongue-dusting, fine tannins and noteworthy persistence.

    -- Stephen Tanzer

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90
Australia 1996 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz 5 Bottle 75cl
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  • 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. 

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99
Australia 1996 Penfolds Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Bright medium ruby. Cool, expressive aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, dark chocolate, espresso and cola; the oak seems more successfully integrated than in most of the other Penfolds releases. Intensely flavored and firmly built, with lovely ripe acidity; initially wanted a bit for flesh but grew lusher and sweeter with aeration. Finishes with tongue-dusting, fine tannins and noteworthy persistence.

    -- Stephen Tanzer

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90
Australia 1997 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 1 Case 12 75cl
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95
Australia 1998 Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • Rating:

    94

    Price ($)

    $78

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2002

    Source

    143, The Wine Advocate

    It's a no-brainer with respect to the dense purple-colored 1998 Shiraz Stonewell. The wine is inky/purple-colored, with oodles of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of honeysuckle, wood, earth, and pepper. This full-throttle, majestic offering is super-concentrated and rich, with a wealth of glycerin, fruit, and extract. There is plenty of tannin lurking under the surface, but it is nearly obscured by the wine's exceptional depth. Anticipated maturity: now-2018.   

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94
Australia 1998 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 1 Case 12 75cl
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96
Australia 1998 Penfolds Grange 2 Case 6 75cl
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98
Australia 1998 Penfolds Grange 1 Case 12 75cl
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98
Australia 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 3 Bottle 150cl
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96
Australia 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 1 Case 12 75cl
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96
Australia 2000 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 1 Case 12 75cl
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94
Australia 2001 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 2 Case 6 75cl
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98
Australia 2001 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 2 Case 12 75cl
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98
Australia 2002 Marquis Phillips Integrity Shiraz 2 Bottle 75cl
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    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.”  

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99
Australia 2002 Two Hands Deer In The Headlights Shiraz 1 Case 12 75cl
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95
Australia 2002 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 1 Case 12 75cl
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93
Australia 2002 Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz Reserve 1 Case 12 75cl
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97
Australia 2003 Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir 1 Case 6 75cl
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Australia 2003 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 2 Case 12 75cl
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95
Australia 2003 Penfolds RWT Shiraz 1 Case 6 75cl
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Australia 2003 Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2 Case 6 75cl
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96
Australia 2004 Torbreck Run Rig Shiraz 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • AY S MILLER: 99

     

    THE WINE ADVOCATE: 99

    The flagship 2004 Run Rig is 96.5% Shiraz and 3.5% Viognier with the Shiraz component aged for 30 months in a mixture of new and used French oak. Yields were a minuscule 14 hl/ha (about 1 ton per acre). Saturated opaque purple/black, it has a remarkably kinky, exotic perfume of fresh asphalt, pencil lead, smoke, pepper, game, blueberry and black raspberry. Full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the wine is dense and packed, with amazing purity, sweet tannins, and a complex collection of sensory stimuli. The wine demands 10 years of cellaring and will provide hedonistic delights through 2035+. 

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99
Australia 2004 Heathcote Wild Duck Creek Duck Muck 8 Bottle 75cl
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  • 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.   

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96
Australia 2004 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 1 Case 12 75cl
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95
Australia 2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • 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+.  

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98
Australia 2004 Penfolds RWT Shiraz 1 Case 6 150cl
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Australia 2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz Creek Block 1 Case 12 75cl
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95
Australia 2005 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm 1 Case 12 75cl
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95
Australia 2005 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz 1 Case 12 75cl
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    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    $100

    Drink Date

    2013 - 2031

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2006

    Source

    167, The Wine Advocate

    Magpie’s luxury cuvee (which was last produced in 1999), the 2005 Shiraz Malcolm, spent 12 months in new American oak and 12 months in new French 500 liter pungeons. This is the ultimate 200% new oak wine. Nevertheless, it holds it well, which gives you an idea of just how concentrated this beast is. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by notes of creosote, blueberry liqueur, violets, and a hint of camphor. Super-rich, powerful, and opulent, with a formidable level of tannin, it should hit its peak in 7-8 years and last for 25 or more.  

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96
Australia 2005 Torbreck Shiraz The Laird 4 Case 3 75cl
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100
Australia 2006 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz 6 Case 6 75cl
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96
Australia 2006 Killikanoon Attunga 1865 Shiraz 3 Case 6 75cl
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  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $110

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2041

    Reviewed by

    Jay S Miller

    Issue Date

    25th Feb 2009

    Source

    181, The Wine Advocate

    The flagship of Kilikanoon is the 2006 Attunga 1865 Shiraz. Thick and rich, it coats the glass with glycerin. It gives up a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, game, truffle, espresso, leather, blueberry, and blackberry leading to a massive, masculine, full-bore Shiraz with dense, spicy fruit, a splendid integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and a 60-second finish. It merits a decade of cellaring and will reward those with discipline with 25 years of pleasurable drinking from 2016 to 2041.   

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98
Australia 2006 Penfolds Grange 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+. 

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98

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