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2001 Hare's Chase - Shiraz

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA /
  • 93 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 87 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 93811-2001-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87

    ($60) Bright medium ruby. Cassis, violet and black licorice aromas. Primary, highly concentrated but hard-edged flavors of black fruits and violet. Penetrating acidity gives the wine an ungiving quality and dries its finish. Youthfully aggressive today, but finishes with good length and fairly ripe tannins. Perhaps this is in an awkward stage. Reportedly made from a crop level of just 1.3 tons of fruit per acre. (The Grateful Palate, Oxnard CA)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Made from 20-year old Shiraz vines cropped at 1.3 tons of fruit per acre, this promising 2001 was aged 16 months in American oak barrels (one-third new) and bottled unfined as well as unfiltered. Even better, there are 1,500 cases of this blockbuster Australian red. Its impenetrable black/purple color is followed by attractive aromas of black fruits, loamy earth, charcoal, and pepper. Dense, full-bodied, and opulent, this classic Barossa Shiraz is thick and juicy yet remarkably well-balanced (14% alcohol). It will provide pleasure over the near-term as well as the next 15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Thick with black cherry and blackberry fruit, finishing with a touch of exotic spices. Has a bit more refinement than most big Shirazes. 1,800 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: WineJunkie
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

  • 52 bottles owned
  • 23 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 23 collectors)