2004 Shingleback "Show Reserve" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $30+)

SKU #1076846

91 points Wine and Spirits: "Blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and game. It sounds like a fruit bomb, except that the wine feels complete rather than pushed, with oak playing into the supple texture. Give it credit for truth in advertising: Rich and delicious, this is exactly what you would expect from a Show Reserve." 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Less rich and opulent than the winery’s 2005 release, the 2004 Show Reserve is a medium-bodied Shiraz that marries tart mixed-berry flavors with toast and vanilla shadings. The tannins are supple, the acids crisp, leaving a lingering, mouthwatering finish. Drink now-2012." (03/08) According to Wine Spectator: "Dark and spicy, with a strong licorice note running through the black cherry and pepper flavors, lingering on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2015." (10/07)

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2011 | Send Email
I've always been a fan of the cooler 2004 vintage in South Australia, and this is a great value in a Shiraz with a little time in the bottle. Just prior to veraison, 1/3 of the crop was removed which resulted in small berries with great concentration of flavor. The bouquet is expressive with notes of dark plum, blueberry, blackberry, smoked meats, mocha and milk chocolate. On the palate, there are fine silky tannins with good acidity that frame the wine leaving it rich, but, not at all heavy. With fine balance the wine offers a long finish with a hint of mint on the back end.
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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5