Dark, brooding, and named for the supposedly ‘Puma-like’ big cats that are rumoured to roam the hills of the Pyrenees. This cool climate Shiraz has now been discontinued and its rarity will likely see prices rise in coming years (if original owners ever deign to list their bottles for sale!)
Always hand-picked, finished for considerable time in French oak, powerful and long-lived.
"I’ve always loved the name of this and just wish it was more affordable – a red named Black Puma could be a real market winner, I reckon. Not that this is anything to do with me. I haven’t tasted a Black Puma Shiraz for a while but it’s certainly a hedonistic experience.
The region’s charms are on full display here. Eucalypt, dark chocolate, masses of burnt plum and blackberry-like flavour and a striking note of graphite. The tannins are fine, the flavour warm, the intensity full-bore and the finish relatively lengthy. It should drink well any time over the next ten years. " 94 points Campbell Mattinson.
"Impenetrable colour; an exceptionally intense and powerful wine, well-balanced within its terms of reference. A rare exception made to taste a final tank sample. If the wine makes it safely to bottle will merit higher points still."
94 points James Halliday.
The Pyrenees is located in western Central Victoria and was settled during the gold rush of the 1850s. The region is located northeast of the Grampians, north of the Great Dividing Range. Many of the vineyards are planted with an easterly aspect at an altitude of around 350 to 400m on quartz and decomposed slatey soils over Friable clay. Low rainfall in the area necessitates drip irrigation. Temperatures during the growing season are moderated by late afternoon southerly breezes. The Pyrenees is best known for producing cool climate peppery Shiraz and well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon.