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2014 Oracle Shiraz


Winner of the 2018 Shiraz Trophy - International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), UK

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.

  • Winemaking

    2014 was a cooler and more protracted vintage in the Clare Valley, allowing the Shiraz blocks along the west face of the Golden Hillside to ripen more slowly, bringing all parcels to their very optimum levels of maturity.

    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.

    Appearance

    Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.

    Nose

    Richly hedonistic, the nose jumps out of the glass, vigorously capturing the alluring aromas of dark chocolate, coal tar, exotic spices and complimentary French oak char.

    Palate

    A wine of tremendous concentration, complexity and understated elegance, the palate brims with riper plums fruits, dark chocolate and tar nicely paired with classy French oak and polished tannins that carry over in the mouth well after the wine has been consumed. A wine made for the ages.

  • International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), UK

    • Shiraz Trophy, Gold Outstanding
    • 2018
    • Almost opaque and with an intense perfumed nose. Freshly picked black fruits with well integrated spicey oak and mocha notes are well supported by a great tannic structure and freshness. The finish is complex and long.

    James Halliday Wine Companion, AU

    • 93 Points
    • 2019 Edition
    • Open fermentation with hand pumpovers for 8-9 days. Basket pressed to 50% new French hogsheads for 20 months. Slightly unexpected aromas greet you here, with blackcurrant and truffle more immediately obvious than the typically ripe regional fruit characters which sit behind. Dense rather than brawny on the palate, with a juicy quality and a fresh, tangy feel about the tannin. Oak seems to kick in on the finish. Will be interesting to follow its development.

    Decanter World Wine Awards, UK

    • Platinum Medal
    • 97 Points
    • 2018
    • Rich, ripe, intense cherry stone, sweet spices, light toast, dry blueberry and meaty hints, lots of very impressive forward dark fruit on the palate with hints of mocha, very fine tannin and wonderful palate length.
    • ALC/VOL: 14.5%
    • Size: 750ML
    • Closure: Screwcap
    • Varietal: Shiraz
    • Cellaring: Potential of at least 12 - 15 years.



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