2005 Leeuwin Estate "Siblings" Shiraz Margaret River (Previously $20)

SKU #1130436 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Flavors of cherries and pomegranate develop in this wine; they build past the coffee-scented oak and add a little brashness to the sandy-textured tannin. The feel of that tannin is distinctly Margaret River shiraz, hinting at ocean sand and sea spray. Serve it with slow-braised pork shoulder.  (10/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red with a bright rim. Peppery red berry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by graphite, violet and roasted coffee. Sharply focused red and dark berry flavors are given a spicy kick by cracked pepper and firmed by juicy acidity. Turns sweeter with air and finishes with gentle grip and lingering red fruit qualities. Offers very good energy and cut: I'd bet that this will reward at least a few more years in the cellar.  (8/2008)

89 points James Halliday

 Good hue, although light; crisp, light- to medium-bodied palate which is lively but not deep; lunch/picnic style.  (10/2008)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Siblings Shiraz is dark ruby/purple-colored with a fragrant perfume of spicy blue fruits. On the palate it exhibits an elegant personality with racy dark fruits, mineral, spice box, and lively acidity. The wine is nicely balanced and persistent in the finish. Drink it over the next six years.  (8/2008)

89 points Wine Enthusiast

 Prominent vanilla notes envelop ripe plum and mixed berry notes on the nose, giving way to raspberry flavors on the palate. Tannins are muted but crisp acidity gives a lift to the slightly dusty finish. It's an easy-to-drink, uncomplicated Shiraz meant for near-term consumption.  (2/2009)

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2013 | Send Email
Although Leeuwin Estate is best known for their exceptional Artist Series Chardonnay, many of their other wines are often overlooked. Such is the case with this sleeper. Our initial reaction was "this is a 2005"? The wine certainly exceeds expectation as it over delivers at $14. "Siblings" Shiraz offers up a smooth, rounded palate of delicious mulberry and black plum fruit, fully ripe underlying dusty tannins and a nice touch of earthiness. It really is a terrific steal and we'll certainly be taking advantage ourselves!

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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.

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Specific Appellation:

Margaret River