St. Andrews

Shiraz 2004

Enormously flavoursome with rich fruit characters of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. American oak adds nuances of vanilla, cigar box, coffee and toast.

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Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine has a developing brick red colour with a deep crimson heart.
Nose The wine has complex aromas of plum fruit, violets and spice with creamy vanillin from maturation in American oak.
Palate This is an elegant full wine with rich texture. Fruit flavours of purple berries are complimented by subtle spice and faint cedar which bring pleasurable warmth to the palate. The finish is long and persistent.
Vintage Conditions Winemakers have described 2004 as one of the great red vintages in the Clare Valley. Seasonal influences were more dramatic than usual. From early October through to the end of vintage, Clare experienced less than half the long-term rainfall for that period. November was warmer than average, December the hottest for some time and then January was one of the coolest on record. At the beginning of February a heatwave descended upon the region and for sixteen days the average maximum temperature was 37.9?C. Vintage commenced early, although ripening slowed when the temperatures returned to more normal levels and it ended up being a long, drawn-out vintage. The Shiraz was one of the highlights with the wines exhibiting generosity of flavour with ripe tannin structure, good varietal character and excellent colour.
Oak Maturation The wine was matured in a selection of water-bent prestige American oak barrels for a period of 14 months prior to bottling.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 5.93
Residual Sugar: 0.1
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Sep 2010
    Clear, deep colour; a distinguished full-bodied shiraz from a distinguished vintage; blackberry fruit is woven through ripe tannins and quality oak, all three components in great balance.
  • Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    Dec 2010
    2004 St. Andrews Shiraz has a medium-deep garnet color and evolving nose of smoked meat and tobacco, leather and Indian spices over dried mulberries and plums. Medium to full bodied, it has just enough spicy flavor to flesh the medium-firm, chewy tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long. Mature now, it should keep another 3-5 years+.
  • , Winestate

    Oct 2010
    3 stars
    Developed, oaky style with quite a meaty nose and soft, creamy fruit palate.
  • Bob Campbell MW, Taste NZ

    Jul 2011
    At seven years of age this intense, complex wine is just starting to hit its straps. A lovely mellow wine that's deliciously drinkable now.
  • , Food 4 Media

    Jun 2009
    The 2004 St. Andrews Shiraz is mouth-filling, rich in texture and abundant in red berry flavours complemented by subtle spice and faint cedar. This wine is rich in flavour, texture and complexity and has a long, luxurious finish. Drinking superbly now, this wine will also reward careful cellaring for up to ten years.
  • , Liquor Watch

    Aug 2009
    Rich plum, violet and vanilla, from American oak maturation, aromas are followed by a palate of red berry, a rich texture and a hint of spice.
  • Sarah Davey, Rob Geddes, Drinks Trade

    Sep 2010
    Aged qualities showing: a very good wine. A stern, serious spicy edge with, tightness. Lovely ripe, dense fruit with lots of good Clare characters showing through. Dried herb aromas with good fruit on the middle palate.