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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Ratingsort descending
Australia 2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz Creek Block 1 Case 12 75cl £1,075
95
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 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 Chris Ringland Dry Grown Shiraz 2 Case 6 75cl £2,400
  • Rating 100

    Drink Date NA

    Reviewed by Jay S Miller

    Issue Date 22nd Dec 2009

    Source 186, The Wine Advocate

    The 2004 Chris Ringland Shiraz is from another top vintage. Like the other wines, it spent 42 months in new French oak. Aromas of scorched earth, pencil lead, espresso, black currant and blueberry lead to a dense, complex, youthful wine with layer upon layer of succulent fruit, impeccable balance, and a decade of aging potential. Chris Ringland is a relatively modest bloke who gives most of the credit for his extraordinary wines to his nearly 100 year old vineyard. He now has 21 vintages under his belt the results of which place him with Marcel Guigal, Gerard Chave, Christophe Baron, Manfred Krankl, and Michel Chapoutier as the international grandmasters of Syrah/Shiraz.

     

Tasting Notes
100
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