Shareholders Classified Collection
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This Classified Collection contains two Exceptional and four Outstanding wines that appear in the latest Classification. All highly collectable, all very drinkable.
In this collection you find one bottle each of the following:
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2008 - Classified Exceptional
Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2014 - Classified Exceptional
Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2014 - Classified Outstanding
d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2015 - Classified Outstanding
Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2009 - Classified Outstanding
Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet 2012 - Classified Outstanding
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Picked before the heat and weighing in at a reasonable 14.5% alcohol, the 2008 Astralis Syrah (tasted from magnum) is singing. Showing no bricking at the rim, scents of cracked pepper, mint, bay leaf, thyme, lavender and blueberries pour out of the glass, adding meaty notes and hints of espresso and black olive with air. Full-bodied, creamy-textured and supple on the long finish, this wine shouldn't be missed. If you've got one, open it and see for yourself.
99 points, Robert Parker, September 2018.
"Matured for 20 months in French, Hungarian and American oak. This ticks all the boxes, a rock of ages in the storm of Yalumba reds coming onto the market, led by The Cayley, but numerous others seeking your company. The blackcurrant and blackberry fruit are in total harmony, and the overall texture is of a high order thanks to the oak management, as well as that of the tannins. A standout from a vintage that had its challenges."
96 points, James Halliday
"This is a particularly good Dead Arm, its alcohol miraculously the same as the '14, but however that may be, it has an elegance to its mouthfeel and lingering finish."
96 points, James Halliday (February 2018)
"102-year-old single vineyard, matured in 92% French and 8% American hogsheads (28% new) for 18 months... The colour is that of an 18 month-old (not 36 months) Shiraz, the aromas of black fruits, licorice and black pepper, the tannins firm and enduring, yet in balance with the powerful fruit. I remain to be convinced this is suited to drinking while the '13 comes around, the best solution is to leave both to themselves for five or so years."
97 points, Wine Companion (1/2017).
"Deep purple-crimson; imposes itself from the first whiff of the expressive bouquet, the first sip of the palate, yet does so with style (and guile); the aromas and flavours are complex, yet seamlessly moulded in a supple display of black and red fruits, the tannins equally supple, the French oak totally integrated and balanced."
96 points, James Halliday (January 2013)
"Crushed and destemmed, cultured yeast, part cold soak, 5-7 days on skins, matured for 24 months in 90% French (46% new) and 10% used American oak. Hyper-intense, full-bodied cabernet varietal fruit is beyond the normal Odyssey style, but none the worse (indeed better) for that; blackcurrant and bay leaf, plus notes of tar, race along the palate, barely checking their momentum on the finish and aftertaste."
95 points, James Halliday, October 2016.