Wyndham Estate Black Cluster Shiraz 2003
SKU: 10964

Wyndham Estate Black Cluster Shiraz 2003

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Category Red Wine
Region Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
Brand Wyndham Estate
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
Black Cluster is the icon wine in the Wyndham Estate Portfolio and showcases our unique Hunter heritage and Shiraz credentials. In 1835 George Wyndham crushed his first vintage and penned the following entry into his diary, "Began my vintage. Filled the pipe with the must of the Black Cluster." Black Cluster is a single vineyard wine grown exclusively in our own Black Cluster vineyard. It produces low yields of rich, stylish fruit which is hand-picked to protect the 40 year old fragile vines from damage and ensure only the best bunches are selected.
Wine Enthusiast
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Not that much Hunter Shiraz makes it to the U.S. these days, but this bottling from Wyndham Estate is a nice example. It shows rather clean winemaking, with strong vanilla and cedar notes from barrel aging to go alongside blueberry and blackberry fruit. Only mildly tannic, so it's approachable now, but should age through at least 2012.

Joe Czerwinski, December 31, 2008
Wine Advocate
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The 2003 Black Cluster Shiraz was sourced from a single 30-year-old vineyard. It spent 18 months in a mix of new and used American oak. Purple-colored, it delivers a fragrant perfume of smoke, cedar, plum, and blueberry. Made in a leaner, elegant style, the wine is well balanced with a broad band of spicy fruit and well-integrated tannins. While it may improve in the bottle, I would opt for drinking this tasty Shiraz over the next 6-8 years.

Jay Miller, October 2007