1997 Fox Creek - Shiraz Reserve 1.5L

Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 96   IWC 92   WS 89   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 1997 Shiraz Reserve conceals its nearly 15% alcohol behind a cascade of incredibly rich, concentrated fruit. This wine sees only new American oak. It boasts an opaque black/purple color in addition to knock-out aromas of melted asphalt, blackberries, truffles, and licorice. Cherry jam notes also emerge in the flavors. Unctuously-textured, incredibly ripe, pure, and full-bodied, this wine would make even Australia's Grange look wimpish if tasted side by side. Celestial black currants intermixed with coffee, licorice, Asian spices, and pain grille notes are more reminiscent of a blockbuster vintage of Mouton-Rothschild than what I would expect from a Shiraz/Cabernets blend.

Drink Dates: 2003-2025

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Bright, saturated dark ruby. Extravagantly ripe aromas of dark berries, mocha, licorice, road tar and shoe polish. Lush, urgent, very concentrated dark berry and mint flavors are given clarity by bright acids. Powerfully structured to age. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and impressive persistence. Among the two or three most impressive examples of Australian shiraz I've tasted this year.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 85

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Eccentric and distinctive. Ripe up front, like a Port, with exuberant berry, violet and wet earth flavors. Lacks a little flesh midpalate, with dry tannins on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2000-2002
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 12/22/2011
Drink Dates: 2004

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Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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18 bottles owned by 10 collectors.

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About This Producer

When the Watts family bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they were advised against planting vines as the soils in that area of McLaren Vale were composed of dense and heavy clay. The property had previously been used for growing barley and grazing sheep. Undeterred by the sceptics, they selected and planted fine quality cuttings and nurtured the young vines to fruition. Their labors bore fruit - extraordinarily high quality fruit - that was lovingly converted into wines of supreme quality. Under the skilled guidance of the winemakers, Fox Creek wines have achieved regional, national, and international acclaim and are now enjoyed around the world.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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