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95 Points: Made only in Exceptional Years| Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Reserve 2004
Wild Duck Creek is a small family-run winery situated 8km west of Heathcote in Victoria, where David (aka ‘Duck’) and Diana Anderson planted the first vines in 1979. Traditional winemaking methods including hand-picking, open fermentation, hand-plunging, basket-pressing, and long-term barrel-ageingare fostered, as is the use biodynamic principles on its own vineyards. The Andersons remain adamant however, that it’s still the vineyard and site selection especially, that produce the great wines of Wild Duck Creek.
Shiraz Reserve is a wine of great depth and complexity. Only pristine fruit from its three best Shiraz sites go into this wine. Typically taken from ultra-low yielding patches making up only 1,500 litres per hectare, Shiraz Reserve offers a wine of immense intensity without the heaviness typically associated with such a wine. Matured in predominately new French oak for 26 months prior to bottling, Shiraz Reserve is a wine crafted to be consumed up to 25 years after its vintage.
When Wild Duck Creek didn’t make enough wines and pulled out of the US market, there were an army of wailing WDC admirers – namely wine writers, high-end restaurateurs and fine wine retailers who couldn’t get enough of the USD300 per bottle Shiraz. One such admirer was the team at the much-read Wine Advocate….
“The 2004 Shiraz Reserve was aged in 100% new French oak hogsheads for 20 months. The alcohol is a mere 15.5%, but the wine is gorgeously pure revealing a quintessential black raspberry and creme de cassis purity and richness that must be smelled, tasted, and evaluated to be believed. Huge extract, massive tannin, and a stunningly long, 45 second plus finish suggest this impeccably well-balanced Shiraz will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and last for 15 or more.” ~ Wine Advocate 95 Points
“Deep purple-red; rich and luscious; very ripe fruit with blackberry confit flavours; soft tannins, and it’s easy to see why it has such appeal in the US. This is not to denigrate its appeal in Australia, either.“
~ James Halliday 95 Points
Stunning wine, drinking gorgeously at 13 years old. Heathcote is renowned for its quality & this ably demonstrates all the reasons why. There’s a distinct ripeness of fruit typical of Australian Shiraz, but somehow this wine remains balanced & fresh in spite of its 13 years – characteristics of a great wine.
Pronounced aroma intensity. Black cherries, cassis, kirsch. Leather, meat & prune. Not produced every year, this wine represents the best fruit from the best years. NOT USD300….
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