St. Andrews

Shiraz 2006

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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Previous Vintages 2004
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine has a developing brick red colour with a deep crimson heart.
Nose The wine has a brooding, savoury complex yet thoroughly enticing aroma. Mouth-watering wafts of chocolate, mocha, toffee and cream intertwine with plum, aniseed and rich berry fruit.
Palate The palate is a mouthful of round completeness. The fruit flavours and oak weight are in absolute balance bringing harmony and grace to the palate from start to finish. This is a generous yet elegant wine that showcases Clare Valley Shiraz at its best.
Vintage Conditions The overall conditions during the growing season leading up to the 2006 vintage were very favourable. There were good winter and spring rains with the yearly total slightly above average. Conditions from September through December were close to average except that October was wetter than usual. January was considerably hotter than the previous year due to a heatwave which occurred just after the middle of the month, but, given the very mild lead up to January, the vines were in excellent condition and held up well. The weather in February is always critical to the overall outcome of vintage and temperatures consistently in the upper-twenties provided ideal conditions for ripening. March was warm and although there was significant rain late in the month it had little or no effect on the fruit that was still to be picked. Consistency is one of the hallmarks of the Clare Valley and 2006 has seen another vintage in which the unique geography and favourable climate have allowed the production of high quality fruit. The St Andrews vineyard, from which the fruit was sourced, delivered an average yield of not more than two and a quarter tonnes per acre. The fruit showed exceptional potential even at an early stage of fruit set.
Oak Maturation A percentage of the wine was barrel fermented and the final blend was matured in a mixture of fine-grained French and water-bent American oak barrels for 12 months prior to filtering and bottling.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 6.55
Residual Sugar: 0.36
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    Dec 2010
    Medium-deep garnet colored, 2006 St. Andrews Shiraz offers a nose of earth, Chinese dried plums, kirsch, creme de cassis, licorice, espresso and cinnamon stick. Full bodied with a high level of fine knit tannins, it offers plenty of layered fruit with crisp acid. The long finish still shows a little oak. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2017+.
  • Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel (USA)

    Dec 2011
    91 points
    Tangy and juicy with meaty plum and blackberry fruit; spice, minerals and firm acidity; long and balanced.
  • Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator Insider

    Jan 2012
    91 points
    Dark and dense, this boasts a solid mouthful of black cherry, roasted red pepper and grilled meat flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2016.
  • Lisa Perrotti Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

    Dec 2010
    91 points
    Medium-deep garnet colored, this shiraz offers a nose of earth, Chinese dried plums, kirsch, creme de cassis, licorice, espresso and cinnamon stick. Full bodied with a high level of fine knit tannins, it offers plenty of layered fruit with crisp acid.
  • , Australian Wine Annual

    Nov 2011
    Very ripe and oaky, with a meaty, spicy bouquet of blackberries and plums almost lost under a swathe of smoky vanilla and dark chocolate oak. The palate is especially charry and old-fashioned, with deeply ripeded dark fruits somewhat subdued by polished mocha and smoked oyster-like cooperage.
  • , Winestate

    Oct 2012
    5 stars
    This is almost perfect', declared one judge. Has many years of cellaring ahead of it. Loads of high quality oak is sitting on top of excellent varietal fruit that gives long, intense flavours.
  • , Winestate

    Aug 2012
    3.5 stars
    A big, old-fashioned style - soft sweet and very drinkable with great nutty development evident.
  • , National Liquor News

    Jul 2011
    3 stars
    A velvet glove with beautiful hints of blackcurrant. A toasty oak nose mixed with coconut and vibrant berry fruits.
  • Simon Wood,

    Feb 2013
    Good old fashioned style, soft, plush and not afraid to be oaky, with chocolatey depth to its honest plummy berry flavours, solid bear hug of wine, just let down by a slightly hard finish.
  • , Wining Pom

    Feb 2012
    Clare typicity to the max. A deeply brooding wine imbued with dark berry fruit, mocha toffee and vanillin oak, secondary charcters of plum and menthol feature too. A richly layered and textured palate with intense black fruit signature, cedary oak and a powerful swathe of spice, fruit and tannin. Great staying power and structure with an exceptional presence in the glass.
  • , Drinks Trade

    Jul 2012
    Great varietal definition; a lovely mature wine with cedar aromas with a floral edge; the palate is full of silky plum, chocolate, blackberry, jam and clove flavours; some lovely complex aged notes and an excellent sweet, long finish; a warm and smooth wine that is gracefully holding its age.