This ones for all the lovers of powerful tannins out there, with an impressively muscular palate and plenty of booze this is force to be reckoned with, making it an excellent choice for a bit of time on the wine rack if you have the patience. Aromas of blueberries, spices and pepper giveaway its cool climate roots with a background of cedar and vanilla oak. The lighter regional blueberry fruit flavours give way pretty quickly to more herb and spice elements with a hint of dark chocolate, mint and vanilla at the back of the throat. Tannins are strong and draw the finish out a considerable length, but time will mellow these out if you prefer your vino properly tamed.
Awards and Accolades
92 Points, Special Value Wine - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "18 months in new and used French and American oak. 100% shiraz this time around. A consistently solid performer, and this is another good release. Plenty of ripe, dark plum and blackberry to be found, with some clovey spice, mint, and a dash of pepper. Full bodied but neither sweet-fruited nor aggressively tannic, it's good to go now, or cellar."
2013 Vintage: GOLD - 2015 National Cool Climate Wine Show - Class 2030 2013 Vintage: GOLD - Western Victorian Wine Challenge - Class 5
From the Winery
The 2014 Blue Pyrenees Shiraz is produced from many different parcels of Pyrenees fruit grown on low-yielding exposed vines creating a wine of intense flavours and naturally soft tannin yet the classic rich Shiraz structure. The warm 2013/2014 growing season provided early rains, but was finished by a warm dry summer & autumn which made ripening to optimum easy for Shiraz of this region and vintage. Maturation for 18 months in a combination of new to 8 year old French and American oak barrels has added softness, texture and complexity to a wine of Pyrenees varietal fruit flavours.
Blue Pyrenees Estate (then known as Château Remy) was among the modern Australian wine industry’s first ventures into cool climate viticulture. The Pyrenees (1392 heat degree days) is only marginally warmer than Coonawarra (1365 heat degree days), a key reference for cool climate viticulture in this country.
The breathtaking lake on our Estate, inadvertently formed during the gold rush when a gold mining dredge struck a subterranean stream and flooded the valley, provides a valuable supplementary water resource for the Estate when required, especially in dry seasons. However, our vines receive minimal irrigation water. Some of them are dry-grown in keeping with the philosophy of Vincent Gere (our French chief winemaker from 1987 to 1996) who once quipped “We are not growing tomatoes”.
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