"Songlines has a marvellous intensity of 100 year old Shiraz fruit, with none of the heaviness of some Australian Icon wines, a superb wine."

19.5 / 20 Points, Steven Spurrier

 

Almost fifteen years have passed since I first offered John Duval’s Songlines to my then, Bordeaux only customers, which took some encouragement. Originally, I shared the UK allocation with an old wine friend who is long retired, but his company continues to flourish in his honour. Last week, I sent a prospecting email enquiring whether they had any ’04 Songlines hidden away or if they had any old customers wishing to sell their reserves.

Fortuitously, I received a positive response hence my communication to you all… The years have been kind to John’s inaugural release and it continues to offer something quite magical. I continue to award 99 points and find it almost perfect, highly addictive and a wine to make you fall in love with Australian Shiraz all over again. It reminds me of a mature Mount Edelstone from Henschke with just a little more oomph.

Magda and I continue to liaise with the new owners of Songlines however, and at the current rate of response, I myself will be retired before we see The Vinorium shipping a new release to the UK. Until then, may I suggest you (at the very least) treat yourself to one of Australia’s most magnificent Shiraz wines…

Cheers,

Stu

 
The Link to Penfolds Grange?

From the legendary John Duval – unquestionably, one of the world's best known winemakers. Not only does he come from a family that boasts four generations of South Australian vignerons, he spent over 29 years with Penfolds, including 16 years as their Chief Winemaker. In 2004, John took his extensive experience gained at Penfolds, including the intimate knowledge of South Australia’s best sites and together with winemaker David Fatches from Hunter Valley, they embarked on a brand new venture called Songlines.

 

Winemaking

Songlines is a spectacular and individual, hand-crafted wine produced with rigorous care and attention. The winemaking behind Songlines is extremely complicated as no individual vineyard parcel is given the same complete 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.

 
 

Where possible all case orders will be
 sent with original wooden case.

**Available for delivery from Monday 27th April**

"Explosive aromas of chocolate, smoked game,
warm earth and saddle leather."

Songlines Shiraz 2004

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”.

 

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