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Region Vintage Name Qty Unitsort descending Case Size Format Price Note Rating
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 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 Torbreck Run Rig Shiraz 1 Bottle 75cl £105
  • 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+. 

Tasting Notes
99
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 1986 Penfolds Grange 4 Bottle 75cl £425
  •  

    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

Tasting Notes
98
Australia 2008 Penfolds Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 1 Case 6 75cl £4,200
  • 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 2006 Killikanoon Attunga 1865 Shiraz 3 Case 6 75cl £420
  • 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.   

Tasting Notes
98
Australia 2005 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz 1 Case 12 75cl £915
  • Rating

    (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.  

Tasting Notes
96
Australia 2010 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 6 75cl £325
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 2005 Torbreck Shiraz The Laird 4 Case 3 75cl £1,250
100
Australia 2010 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £675
  • 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. Drink now to 2015+.   

Tasting Notes
92
Australia 2014 Penfolds Grange 2 Case 6 75cl £1,950
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $850

    Drink Date

    2025 - 2050

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    4th Oct 2018

    Source

    October 2018 Penfolds New Releases, The Wine Advocate

    Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. There are still over 1,000 cases for the United States.

Tasting Notes
98
Australia 2006 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz 6 Case 6 75cl £420
96
Australia 2003 Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir Reserve 1 Case 6 75cl £210
Australia 1993 Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £175
Australia 1994 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £225
Australia 2012 Yalumba The Caley 2 Case 3 75cl £495
  • Rating

    96+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2017

    Source

    231, The Wine Advocate

    This is the first vintage of Yalumba’s new Cabernet/Shiraz-based flagship wine. Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz The Caley offers expressive baked blackberries, cherry cordial and blackcurrant jelly notes with suggestions of Chinese five spice, cedar and anise. The palate is built like a brick house, delivering a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support and complement the voluptuous, full-bodied flesh. It offers a very long, layered finish with lingering exotic spice and black berry preserves notes. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle and drink it over the next twenty-five.

Tasting Notes
96
Australia 2013 Yalumba The Caley 2 Case 3 75cl £485
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $350

    Drink Date

    2023 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    11th Jun 2019

    Source

    June 2019 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 55% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Barossa Valley Shiraz, Yalumba's 2013 The Caley is only the second vintage to be released. Aged in 40% new French oak, it features fine, aristocratic aromas of pencil shavings, mint and dark fruit. Cassis, baking spices and hints of meat and mint come forth on the palate. It's medium to full-bodied, with rich, velvety tannins that remain firm and lasting on the finish. I tasted this from a bottle that had been decanted the previous night, so you'll want to give it plenty of air, or ideally, just cellar it for another five years before broaching a bottle.

    Yalumba's roving ambassador, Jane Ferrari, was recently in New York to launch the winery's line of old tawnies and the latest release of its new flagship, The Caley. Both are not to be missed by lovers of Australian wine. Unfortunately, both come with price tags that will limit the likelihood of being purchased. The Samuel's Collection trio of Grenache, Shiraz and Viognier are more popularly priced, representing solid values for around $20.

Tasting Notes
95
Australia 2014 Yalumba The Caley 2 Case 3 75cl £485
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $350

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    14th May 2020

    Source

    May 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 82% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Barossa Shiraz, Yalumba's 2014 The Caley leans heavily toward Cabernet on the nose, boasting scents of mint, cassis and cocoa. In the mouth, the Shiraz helps round out the full-bodied palate and lends a velvety edge to the considerable tannins. This third vintage of Yalumba's new flagship is the most approachable yet, finishing with plush richness, great concentration and admirable length.

Tasting Notes
96
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