The Everest Shiraz 2008
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Tasting Notes

Dense ruby colour, with an intense, enticing nose of rich, red berry fruits and subtle French oak. The wine is incredibly dense and focussed with a richness and purity that simply exudes top class Barossa Shiraz. Rich dark chocolate, mocha and cedar spice are all to the fore but the central core is highly focussed.
Supple tannins from the gentle press merely complement the fruit, silky and rich yet impressively interwoven into the wine.
The fruit/ acid balance ensures excellent length and provides a purity of structure for long term ageing.

Winemaking

Fermented in open fermenters over 9 day period, daily hand plunging & pump overs. Only the highest quality, drainings run off to complete MLF in oak and then matured for 24 months in French oak, matured on lees to maintain structure and fruit profile.

Reviews
95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE
This is about as rich and opulent as Barossa Shiraz gets. It is well- made and displays pinpoint fruit ripeness. Mocha, dark chocolate, toasted-barrel aromas; dark plum and blackberry, too. Thick, dense and ultra-concentrated. APRIL/MAY 2011

 

96 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Only two new French puncheons (less than 90 dozen bottles) are made of this wine; the bouquet immediately attests to its quality, with fragrant black fruits and integrated oak, the medium- to full-bodied palate imperious in its power and drive, savoury nuances within the heart of the deep fruit flavours adding to the length of the palate.
Superb follow up
Review by: Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury
Superb follow-up to the '05 Everest that was voted the world's best shiraz at last year's International Wine and Spirit Competition. To be released next month this new vintage is hand picked, basket pressed, opulent and very, very classy. Robust and brooding, layers of red and black fruit, a core of pepper and spice, balance and poise, lovely oak and supple tannins.
The Everest Shiraz is all Class...
Review by: Tony Love, The Advertiser
The Everest Shiraz is also all class; soft, ripe, totally balanced drinking. Available now. May 4th, 2011 
4 1/2 Stars
Review by: Winestate
Classy and stylish, with spicy/leafy pine needle like bouquet and a long, creamy palate with fine definition of ripe berry fruit flavours nicely blended with oak. World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge VI, JULY 2011
94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Brown spice and sugar, red berries, liquorice, cedar and vanilla. Big and ripe, firm tannin, plenty of depth and savoury toasty wood on the finish. Primal but pretty good. In balance in a stentorian way. Rosy oak an attractive garnish. Time please. March 2012 
SILVER Outstanding
Review by: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Deep rich red to rim. Wow! Cherry pie leads the way to an intense fruity/spicy nose, redolent with cassis, plum and cocoa, star anise and pepper. Lovely concentration in the mouth, full of fruity sweetness and spicy overtones. Gracious cashmere tannins uphold the structure. The finish is firm, with excellent concentration and length and will keep travelling for future reward.

 

Currently not available for purchase.
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WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz 100%
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
14.5 %
MATURATION
24 months in two new French oak Puncheons (500L)
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Tasting Notes

Dense ruby colour, with an intense, enticing nose of rich, red berry fruits and subtle French oak. The wine is incredibly dense and focussed with a richness and purity that simply exudes top class Barossa Shiraz. Rich dark chocolate, mocha and cedar spice are all to the fore but the central core is highly focussed.
Supple tannins from the gentle press merely complement the fruit, silky and rich yet impressively interwoven into the wine.
The fruit/ acid balance ensures excellent length and provides a purity of structure for long term ageing.

Winemaking

Fermented in open fermenters over 9 day period, daily hand plunging & pump overs. Only the highest quality, drainings run off to complete MLF in oak and then matured for 24 months in French oak, matured on lees to maintain structure and fruit profile.

Reviews
95 Points

Score: 95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE
This is about as rich and opulent as Barossa Shiraz gets. It is well- made and displays pinpoint fruit ripeness. Mocha, dark chocolate, toasted-barrel aromas; dark plum and blackberry, too. Thick, dense and ultra-concentrated. APRIL/MAY 2011

 

96 Points

Score: 96 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Only two new French puncheons (less than 90 dozen bottles) are made of this wine; the bouquet immediately attests to its quality, with fragrant black fruits and integrated oak, the medium- to full-bodied palate imperious in its power and drive, savoury nuances within the heart of the deep fruit flavours adding to the length of the palate.

Superb follow up
Review by: Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury
Superb follow-up to the '05 Everest that was voted the world's best shiraz at last year's International Wine and Spirit Competition. To be released next month this new vintage is hand picked, basket pressed, opulent and very, very classy. Robust and brooding, layers of red and black fruit, a core of pepper and spice, balance and poise, lovely oak and supple tannins.

The Everest Shiraz is all Class...
Review by: Tony Love, The Advertiser
The Everest Shiraz is also all class; soft, ripe, totally balanced drinking. Available now. May 4th, 2011 

4 1/2 Stars

Score: Stars
Review by: Winestate
Classy and stylish, with spicy/leafy pine needle like bouquet and a long, creamy palate with fine definition of ripe berry fruit flavours nicely blended with oak. World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge VI, JULY 2011

94 Points

Score: 94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Brown spice and sugar, red berries, liquorice, cedar and vanilla. Big and ripe, firm tannin, plenty of depth and savoury toasty wood on the finish. Primal but pretty good. In balance in a stentorian way. Rosy oak an attractive garnish. Time please. March 2012 

SILVER Outstanding

Score: SILVER Outstanding
Review by: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Deep rich red to rim. Wow! Cherry pie leads the way to an intense fruity/spicy nose, redolent with cassis, plum and cocoa, star anise and pepper. Lovely concentration in the mouth, full of fruity sweetness and spicy overtones. Gracious cashmere tannins uphold the structure. The finish is firm, with excellent concentration and length and will keep travelling for future reward.

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2005 |  2009 |  2010 |  2012 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz 100%
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
14.5 %
MATURATION
24 months in two new French oak Puncheons (500L)

 

 

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