2010 Dalwhinnie "The Pinnacle" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria (Elsewhere $70)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black colored, the 2010 The Pinnacle Shiraz has aromas of creme de cassis, violets, bruchetta, yeast extract and roasted nuts with whiffs of mocha, menthol, potpourri, aniseed and cloves. Medium to full-bodied and packed with taut, muscular black berry and savory flavor layers, it has a firm structure of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing very long. 97+. (LPB)
Slightly deeper colour than Southwest Rocks, with a touch more purple; plum joins the blackberry fruit, and the multifaceted palate is medium- to full-bodied, with balanced, but substantial, tannins. Here power is the key, although it doesn't threaten the balance of the wine. While the two wines are significantly different in style, they can't be separated in terms of quality.
This iconic estate nestled into a natural amphitheatre 2,000 feet up in Victoria's Pyrenees mountain range produces some of the country's most highly regarded and awarded wines that have attracted very high points from the world's top critics. We are extremely happy to offer a limited allocation of these wines exclusively for K&L customers. The vineyard was established in 1976 and is the highest and most remote in the Pyrenees region. All the vines are dry farmed and naturally low yielding due to the very poor rocky soils. The elevation of the site means that they experience dramatic diurnal swings in temperature, the cool nights drawing out the growing season and preserving excellent natural acidity in the wines. The slow gradual ripening process results in more complex flavor development and bestows the wines with exceptional longevity. This single block wine is from their highest, steepest parcel on the estate. It is a world-class Shiraz with power and elegance. Winemaker's Notes: "Dark purple-black colour. The nose, savoury peppery notes are obvious, the predominant fruit is plum and rhubarb, also some beautiful floral notes, leaning towards rose petal with spice also evident. On the palate sweet juicy dark stone fruit evident on the palate. Once again a medium weighted wine and beautifully balanced. The attack is quite expressive initially then tightens up into a nervy unctuous Shiraz. The length is impressive with a musky dry herb and pepper finish. Very Rhone-like.