Wild Duck Creek Springflat Shiraz 2021

Wild Duck Creek Springflat Shiraz 2021

  • Australia
  • Shiraz
  • ABV 15.6
  • Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass

Stuart McCloskey "Brooding in a word and takes some coaxing for sure. I advise decanting for at least 4-6 hours (more if you can spare the time). The blue and black fruits are tinged with minerals, which provides lift and added interest. Olive tapenade, bacon, orange zest, raspberry, woodsmoke and camphor provide the remainder of the olfactory ingredients. Rhône-esque, for sure (albeit sweeter)… The flavours, balance, tannins, and acidity are spot-on. The fruit is ripe, but wonderfully fresh. Lots of energy. Violette pastille and spiced fruitcake appear to be the hallmark for ’21. The tannins provide grip and acidity provides clarity. There’s a smoky overlay. I do enjoy the floral character too. There’s quality on show and the finish is extremely long. This feels like a ‘baby’ Reserve but fresher, and more approachable in its youth. Drink now or cellar for at least 15+ years. Served using Zalto glassware."

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "It’s such a fun wine to drink, all slurpy and loose knit, lucid in red and black berry fruitiness, ripe, round, smooth, supple, a jelly meets currants meets jube thing going on. Elements of herb and spice, some sweetness for sure but a sappy bitterness in tannin is pleasingly there and a light dusting of clove-cinnamon spice keeps some other elements in play. Heady, overt, party time gear for big red lovers, but done well"

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"Today, the area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and have helped them achieve cult status"

David and Diana Anderson first planted vines in their family-run Heathcote estate Wild Duck Creek Estate in 1974. Today, the area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and has helped them achieve cult status in the eyes of many. Their first commercial release was in 1991 and things have only got better with the couple now joined by their son, Liam who is going full steam ahead with biodynamic practices in the vineyard.

In the winery, traditional winemaking techniques are the status quo, with winemakers David and Liam choosing to use open top fermenters, basket presses and the finest French barrels and American hogsheads for extended ageing. Produced only in exceptional years, the Reserve Shiraz uses fruit predominantly from the Original Vineyard that has been barrel aged and then selected for the final blend after extensive tasting. A blockbuster with high alcohol, its richness is seamlessly balanced by moderating acidity and ripe tannins, which prevent it from becoming syrupy. The Springflat Shiraz comes from a small 1ha site planted in 1988 that yields just over 20,000 bottles annually. After maturing in French and American oak barrels for a year or more, the wine is bottled unfiltered for maximum flavour expression that results in a deeply coloured, sweet-fruited red with an intense concentration and a long finish. Renowned American wine critic, Robert Parker regularly awards these wines 90 points or more.
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