Shadowfax Pyrenees Shiraz 2018

Shadowfax Pyrenees Shiraz 2018

  • Australia
  • Shiraz
  • ABV 14.5
  • Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass

96 Points - Stuart McCloskey “We revisit the Malakoff Vineyard which is owned and nurtured by Father and son viticultural team Robert and Cameron John. Robert explains that “each Shiraz clone exhibits its own characteristics at our vineyard, elegant, spicy characters for the PT23 [clone], softer rounder characters for the BVRC30 [clone], and high fruit intensity with a hint of black olive character for the Best’s old block clone. There is, however, an overarching inky spice character across each clone from our terroir that makes our vineyard unique.”

As expected, he’s spot-on with the inky characteristic – spice too. What I am drawn to is the unmistakable cooling, marine feel – sea kelp, salty ocean spray and fresh sage leaf. The nose (a touch reductive) provides a profusion of dusty, sweet spice along with white pepper and cedar. It feels a little broody. The palate is wonderfully fresh, bright and frisky with high notes of cranberry, raspberry, orange peel and graphite. Immensely spicy – perhaps, spiced fruit cake. This is wonderfully pure, long and shapely – freshness never fades. Delicious and a point of difference to lots of Aussie Shiraz. Drink now (decant for a few hours) to 2028. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

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Established in 1998, Shadowfax is a boutique winery located just 30 minutes from Melbourne in the heart of Werribee Park.

Dedicated to creating high quality and handcrafted wines, their renowned varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz as well as a selection of highly limited, single-vineyard wines. Chief Winemaker Alister Timms has a strong focus on regionality with the majority of fruit sourced and hand-harvested from vineyards in the Macedon Ranges and Werribee.

Alister Timms - Chief Winemaker: I have seen and been part of growing the oldest Shiraz vines in Heathcote Victoria.  We sold these vineyards ten years ago now and took a deliberate step into the coldest mainland Australian grape growing region.  Climate change forced our hand on this somewhat.  The Macedon Ranges in the 1960s was originally planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Sparkling Wine production.  Over the years, as the sites have warmed up, the Chardonnay and Pinot wines produced from here now are some of the most expressive in the country.

Production has been kept small so we can focus on the quality of each wine and not get distracted by corporate rubbish.  The flexibility is still there, as we are always on the lookout for new vineyards coming up for lease in the Macedon Ranges, giving the opportunity to experiment with new wines.
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