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1999 Lengs & Cooter - Shiraz Old Vines

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / CLARE VALLEY
  • 87 WA
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah

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SKU: 69804-1999-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Ruby-red. Spicy, floral aromas of dried fruits, graphite, nutmeg, mace and sandalwood. Perfumed and sweet in the mouth, with juicy, exotic fruit and spice flavors. Good pliant texture. Finishes with a note of leather.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    The 1999 Shiraz Old Vines is medium-weight, has a deep ruby/purple color, a spicy, peppery, black currant nose, and some noticeable American new oak (about 50% is new).
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

    Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in Australia) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.

    The best Old-World Syrah comes from the Northern Rhône, where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.

    In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

    One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.

    The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and Sonoma make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 16 bottles owned
    • 6 collectors