Songlines Shiraz 2004 Magnum

Barossa Valley
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£110.00 per magnum
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99 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Great Hermitage in the guise of an Australian Shiraz. Explosive aromas of chocolate, smoked game, warm earth and saddle leather. The palate is silky sweet, exquisitely balanced, sensuous, with melting tannins. If I had to be succinct, flawless and polished to perfection. More feminine than I recall with animally fruit emerging with more time in the glass as does olive tapenade and garrigue. Almost perfect, highly addictive and a wine to make you fall in love with Australian Shiraz all over again. In short, I am at a loss for words. One to cherish!” Decanted for 2-3 hours and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware"

Decanter Magazine "Songlines has a marvellous intensity of 100 year old Shiraz fruit, with none of the heaviness of some Australian Icon wines, a superb wine, perhaps the Latour of the McLaren Vale.” 

Steven Spurrier (Awarding an extraordinary 19.5 / 20.0)

Taste & Aroma

99 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Great Hermitage in the guise of an Australian Shiraz. Explosive aromas of chocolate, smoked game, warm earth and saddle leather. The palate is silky sweet, exquisitely balanced, sensuous, with melting tannins. If I had to be succinct, flawless and polished to perfection. More feminine than I recall with animally fruit emerging with more time in the glass as does olive tapenade and garrigue. Almost perfect, highly addictive and a wine to make you fall in love with Australian Shiraz all over again. In short, I am at a loss for words. One to cherish!” Decanted for 2-3 hours and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware"

Decanter Magazine "Songlines has a marvellous intensity of 100 year old Shiraz fruit, with none of the heaviness of some Australian Icon wines, a superb wine, perhaps the Latour of the McLaren Vale.” 

Steven Spurrier (Awarding an extraordinary 19.5 / 20.0)

Producer

Songlines is a truly individual, handmade wine produced in tiny quantities with rigorous care. The Songlines team (Including John Duval – Ex chief winemaker of Penfolds Grange) are dedicated individuals whose goal is perfection. Songlines fruit comes from the 40 to 110 year old, flawless Shiraz vineyards in the McLaren Vale; one of the oldest and best established wine growing regions in South Australia. These vines have in the past provided grapes for some of Australia‘s most famous wines, including Penfolds Grange. However, the uncompromising selection of individual vineyards means this is the first time their grapes have been assembled as a single wine. Songlines is a spectacular and individual, hand-crafted wine that is produced with rigorous care and attention and in small quantities. The winemaking behind Songlines is extremely complicated as no individual vineyard parcel is given the same treatment. Each vineyard is separated into a minimum of two discrete batches for fermentation, often more, and different techniques applied to each. In truth, many great techniques are used, all depending on the individual batch and what is required by the grapes. The decision is made at the time of harvest and not predetermined by a recipe. The result is an amazing process which builds layers of complexity into Songlines and allows for development in years to come. It will reward those with the appropriate cellar conditions for extended maturation.

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Region

Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

For weightier style reds we recommend the Zalto Bordeaux glass, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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