2010 Dalwhinnie "The Pinnacle" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
97+ 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. Consider drinking it 2014 to 2025+.
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.
Located near the enclave of Moonambel in the center of the Pyrenees region of Western Victoria, Australia, Dalwhinnie is the highest and most remote of the Pyranees producers, crafting first class Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for over 25 years.