2018 Richardson Shiraz
- Cellar Door
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2020 - 2035
CELLAR DOOR: $60.00
WINE CLUB: $45.00
Deep ruby red colour.
Distinctly ripe Pyrenees Shiraz aroma’s of blueberry fruit, licorice and five spice notes all supported by classy French and American oak influences.
The blueberry, liquorice, black olive and spice flavours are all fruit derived but they have been crafted into a wine of great mouth feel by careful oak and tannin management. The long lasting spicy aftertaste is a delightful way to finish this Shiraz.
- Winemaking Notes
The Richardson Series of wines are produced only in great vintages, from the most characterful batches of grapes, identified by the Blue Pyrenees winemakers, as having the potential to make an iconic red wine, as a tribute to the late Colin Richardson, himself a larger than life character. These wines are vinified and matured separately before confirmation of suitability to be called “Richardson” then preparation for bottling.
The 2018 Richardson Shiraz is predominantly from the oldest Shiraz vines on the Blue Pyrenees Estate vineyard. These grapes displayed a great intensity of regional and varietal Shiraz characters as they reached optimum ripeness and balance, as usual ! Due to a warm & dry growing season, there was no problems reaching maturity before crushing these grapes in March 2018. Following a warm primary ferment, then 2 weeks extended maceration on skins, the wine was transferred to oak barrels for secondary fermentation and 24 months maturation in new to four year old French and American oak barriques ensuring complexity, smoothness and integration of all flavour components before bottling in April 2020.
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Deep, dense, glowing purple colour that stains the glass. The bouquet is fresh and plummy, earthy, discreetly spicy, also slightly floral, with masses of slightly chewy tannins contributing to an authoritative handshake. It’s impressively concentrated and lushly fruited. Major potential here.
The palate fine, yet bound up in micro-tannin, points that will serve well over the longer term. The depths of black fruit slowly revealed themselves with time in glass. Developing further, the tannin and acid structure still excellent, great depth and length of flavour. The red fruit presence is quite unusual – to my knowledge – for a cool climate Shiraz. Different in this case is good. 92+
A beautiful wine. Pretty scents of dried red flowers and rosella get the juices flowing.
Red fruits are the driving force behind this wine. Raspberries and raspberry coulis are prominent early and I’d be curious to see how things look after a couple of years bottle age. And bottle age would be best suited here I feel. Quite energetic and lively, the fruit dances about. Over a few days of tasting it dropped its guard and relaxed. A dab of fruit sweetness was still present on day three but the oak played a stronger hand with aniseed stepping forward as well. A plummy drive was more prominent too. Dusty dried herbs make a play with soft and drying tannins calling for your attention. This will improve with time, but given the choice between this Shiraz and the Richardson Cabernet, I’d easily head this way.
The 2018 Richardson Shiraz is a slow burn, a quiet starter at this stage, one to air before serving or better still, put down (Colin did believe in cellaring and had a marvellous, if slightly chaotic cellar). It’s built for the long run.
Black and red fruits on nose, quiet, vanilla, red fruits, spice is faint but telling – this wine is in building mode.
Generous in tone, but not too much, the concentrated tannin spine keeps things tight and focused, the Shiraz sings with fine-edged black fruits and class.
Yes, Colin Richardson would be pleased.
There’s both a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon under the Richardson label; this is the former.
There are no kinks in these Blue Pyrenees reds. They are all smooth to the touch, though this Richardson shiraz is complemented by firm, integrated, well-placed sheets of tannin. Blackcurrant and gum leaf, plum, cedarwood and bay. There’s an inkiness to this wine but it also maintains good momentum throughout. This should mature into something special in the cellar.