With the exception of the 2011 vintage, each year since 1997 we have released the iconic Oracle Shiraz. Crafted from old vine fruit grown along the golden hillside in Leasingham, it continues to display the opulence, regional character and varietal power the valley is so renown for.
Slightly warmer and earlier than the classic 2012 vintage, 2013 was still a standout across the Clare Valley with the mildly elevated conditions beautifully tempered by the cooler nights and early mornings, lowering the average temperatures and allowing the harvest to be completed at the optimum maturity and flavour ripeness.
Low yielding Shiraz parcels were chosen across our golden hillside vineyards, vinfied separately using time honoured traditional techniques, then aged for 18 months in a selection of new and one year old French oak hogsheads. Bottling occurred without any fining or filtration.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Potent, dark and alluring, the high toned aromas of dark chocolate, cola and licorice perfectly combine, further enhanced by the smoky French oak char.
Richly textured and brimming with character, the palate cleverly combines the ripe plum fruits and dark chocolate notes with classy French oak handling and fine grained tannins in a long and harmonius flavour experience. Whilst the wine can be enjoyed young, increased reward can be obtained through careful cellaring.
International Wine & Spirits Competition, UK
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2018
- 96 Points
- James Halliday
- From the estate Golden Hillside and Mt Surmon Vineyards. All of Kevin Mitchell's cellaring recommendations are very short, this the longest with a 12-year frame. This is the most savoury, and in some ways, the most refined, of the '13 super-premium shiraz releases. It brings red, purple and black fruits into the fray, the tannins polished, the French oak a positive, yet balanced and integrated.
- 2013 Oracle Shiraz is served in First Class on Emirates Airline flights.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 91 Points
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown
- Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz Oracle has black forest cake, menthol and violets on the nose with hints of cinnamon stick and cracked pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it has a chewy backbone supporting the expressive black fruit and spice flavors, finishing with a lively lift.
Cellaring: Potential of at least 12 - 15 years.