Great Vintages of 'The Armagh' Shiraz 6-pack
This mixed six pack of 'The Armagh' Shiraz highlights four exceptional vintages of this
premium single vineyard Shiraz. Including the following wines:
1 x 2002 ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz 750ml
1 x 2006 ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz 750ml
1 x 2010 ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz 750ml
3 x 2013 ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz 750ml
Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard MW, tasted on the 7th of October 2015
2002 'The Armagh' Shiraz - 94 Points
"Medium deep colour. Perfumed red cherry liqueur, strawberry, mocha aromas. Seductive supple palate with fresh concentrated red cherry, raspberry fruit, praline notes, generous ripe tannins, vanilla mocha complexity. finishes firm, with raspberry, chocolate notes. Fruit-driven wine, yet with underlying oak complexity. Pleasing and harmonious yet with restrained power. Optimum drinking window: now - 2030" Andrew Caillard MW
2002 Vintage Report
An exceptional vintage with dry and very cool conditions through the growing season. The conditions allowed the vines to produce small crops with very small berries packed with intense flavours and firm fine grained tannins ideal for long cellaring.
2006 'The Armagh' Shiraz - 97 Points
"Deep colour. Intense graphite, dark cherry, liquorice chocolate aromas. Concentrated palate with fresh dark cherry, graphite flavours, sinewy yet sinuous textures, lovely mid-palate volume. Finishes muscular firm with persistent sweet fruit. Lovely layered wine with massive cellaring potential. Keep away for a while. Optimum drinking window: 2020-2050." Andrew Caillard MW
2006 Vintage Report
A wet spring provided a good foundation for the 2006 growing season. The Clare Valley experienced a hot ripening period before harvest which allowed the Armagh Shiraz to develop rich and ripe flavours. A big wine with a lot of volume and flavour but without any jamminess or over ripe characters
2010 'The Armagh' Shiraz - 97 Points
"Deep colour. Intense dark cherry, dark chocolate aroams with some smoky, smoked meat notes, Rich and substantial with deep set dark chocolate, plum, blackberry fruit, smoky bacon oak notes, fine grainy tannins, some chinotto/ cola notes and marked acidity, Finishes muscular firm with a long tannin plume. Elemental yet everything in balance. Oak should settle down into the wine in time. Should develop and harmonise really well. Optimum drinking window: 2022-2050+." Andrew Caillard MW
2010 Vintage Report
After a number of very dry and hot vintages, the 2010 vintage got off to an excellent start with above average winter rains which continued into Spring. This provided a healthy base for the vines to grow healthy canopies. The growing season was typified by warm and dry conditions without excessive heat. This resulted 2 to 3 week earlier start to vintage with fruit displaying exceptional flavour and intensity
2013 'The Armagh' Shiraz - 98+ Points
"Deep colour. Intense elderberry, blackberry aromas with very attractive toasty, grilled nut, roasted chestnut comeplety. Concentrated and elemental with intense elderberry, mulberry, espresso, liquorice fruits; all balanced with fine plentiful graphite tannins and superb toasty, mocha notes. Finishes al dente firm but long and minerally, A very expressive and expansive wine. Destined to be a classic. Leave for a decade at least. Optimum drinking window: 2025-2055" Andrew Caillard MW
2013 Vintage Report
A challenging vintage for the vineyard with an extremely dry growing and ripening season favouring smaller and open canopies. The upside is that the fruit displayed very small and open bunches with good exposure allowing the development of intense flavour and colour. Careful selection of only healthy fruit with no shrivel at harvest produced a wine with dense ripe purple fruits and very fine elegant tannins.
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