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Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz 2003

Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz 2004

Variety: Shiraz

Vintage: 2004

Vineyard location: Heathcote, various

Oenological Data:
Harvest Beaumé: 13.7 to 15.0Total acidity: 8.24 g/l pH: 3.43

Alcohol: 14.7% alc/volProduction: 2800 dozen

Winemaker’s Notes:
The Shiraz fruit (two different clones) is from low yielding vines and was harvested over a period of a week to ensure optimum balance, ripeness and intensity of flavour. They were destemmed; berries not crushed or pumped to preserve their physical integrity and transferred to a majority of open 3800 L wooden and some stainless steel 3000 L vats. A combination of different maceration times (mainly pumping over) from 12 to 24 days on skins and a majority of the batches were naturally fermented. The wine was aged in new and used French and Hungarian oak for 22 months.

Tasting Notes:
Very deep red with a purple hue, the aroma has intense ripe red and black fruits avoiding any over-ripe elements. Hints of spice and savoury notes lead to a palate that complements the aromas, rich and round with intense, juicy and chewy fruit, framed by soft but persistent tannins and a touch of oak. A lingering, balanced mineral acidity finishes a complex wine representing the classical Cambrian terroir in a warmer year. Although the wine is rich, it shows a focused structure and will therefore continue to develop with further bottle aging.

Cellaring: 8 to 10 yearsPrinter Friendly PDF: PDF Download Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz 2004

Awards and Reviews:

2007 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge - Top Gold - 18.5 points. One of only 5 gold medals awarded.

“Beautifully rounded, supple and smooth; red and black fruits are supported by fine tannins, flawless balance.” - 95/100 points

2008 Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday

Carlei Green Vineyards Heathcote Shiraz 2004 has been absolutely braining the accolades impressing judges and critics alike; sold out in the blink of an eye. Its most impressive accolade was going within a whisker of winning the all shebang at last years Great Australian Shiraz Challenge where it coasted to one of very few Gold Medals (18.5 points). If you like Heathcote add this to your basket, if you are not familiar with Heathcote, add this to your basket.

The WineStar Journal Ė Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The best of Heathcote. Showing spice and savoury notes leading to a palate that complements the aromas, rich and round with intense, juicy and chewy fruit, framed by soft but persistent tannins and a touch of oak. A lingering, balanced mineral acidity finishes a complex wine representing all that is great about Heathcote Shiraz. A wine of focused structure that will continue to develop with further bottle aging.

The WineStar Journal Ė Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A fantastic wine. Structure, cuddly flavour, warmth and generosity - it's all on beautiful show here. Plums, toast, cedar, cloves and a smidge of red berried fruit. It is very, very nice, and classily framed. Drink: 2008-2014. 92 points

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, June/July 2007

Deep dark plum red. Perfumed lifted pepper and sweet satsuma plum. Silky soft, mouth-filling palate. This wine offers so much fruit sweetness and great depth, complete from start to finish. Cool-climate fruit intensity and complexity. The alcohol warmth and soft drying tannins support the fruit to give elegant balance and great length of flavour. Red berry fruit and spice-charged flavours, complex and harmonious. 94 points

Adelaide Advertiser, Saturday 7th July 2007

Absolutely gorgeous, rich shiraz, stuffed with black jubey fruit, with a seam of classic central Victorian eucalypt running through it. Again, given the reputation of the maker and the region, this could be 10 bucks more and nobody would blink.

Max Allen, The Weekend Australian 1st September 2007

Made from Heathcote fruit, this shiraz sums up [Sergio's] style. It also shows how good Heathcote shiraz can be. Itís complex yet subtle, too, with raspberry, plum and spice aromas leading to a gorgeous, velvety palate thatís long, fine and perfectly balanced. Superbly put together. 5/5 Stars.

Ralph Kyte Powell, Wine of the Week, The Age, November 2007


Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz 2004

Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz 2003

Variety: Shiraz

Vintage: 2003Harvest date: 14th to 21st April, 2003

Vineyard location: Heathcote, various

Oenological Data:
Harvest Beaumé: 13.7 to 15.0Total acidity: 8.24 g/l pH: 3.43

Alcohol: 14.2% alc/volProduction: 2000 dozen

Winemaker’s Notes:
The Shiraz fruit (two different clones) is from low yielding vines and was harvested over a period of a week to ensure optimum balance, ripeness and intensity of flavour. They were destemmed; berries not crushed or pumped to preserve their physical integrity and transferred to a majority of open 3800 L wooden and some stainless steel 3000 L vats. A combination of different maceration times (mainly pumping over) from 12 to 24 days on skins and a majority of the batches were naturally fermented. The wine was aged in new and used French and Hungarian oak for 22 months.

Tasting Notes:
Very deep red with a purple hue, the aroma has intense ripe red and black fruits avoiding any over-ripe elements. Hints of spice and savoury notes lead to a palate that complements the aromas, rich and round with intense, juicy and chewy fruit, framed by soft but persistent tannins and a touch of oak. A lingering, balanced mineral acidity finishes a complex wine representing the classical Cambrian terroir in a warmer year. Although the wine is rich, it shows a focused structure and will therefore continue to develop with further bottle aging.

Cellaring: 4 to 8 yearsPrinter Friendly PDF: PDF Download Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz 2003

Awards and Reviews:

Blue Gold – Top 100 Judged with food 2006 Sydney International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal Class 26 – 2005 Victorian Wines Show

“Very fragrant and vibrant juicy berry style; not at all typical of Heathcote; medium-bodied; silky and supple with a touch of spice.” 93/100

Australian Wine Companion 2007, James Halliday

“This is a blend of three parcels of carefully selected fruit, sourced from Heathcote, there’s some earthiness on the nose, quite a spicy overlay, particularly white pepper and again those juicy plums are at the fore. Tannins are firm but there’s that distinctive roundness on the palate making this an enjoyable drink now.”

Good Drinking – The Age July 30 th, 2005 – Jane Faulkner

 

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