2002 Clarendon Hills "Piggott Range" Syrah (Previously $100)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Absolutely fabulous, but extremely backward, the saturated black/purple-colored 2002 Syrah Piggott Range reveals that minerality/crushed rock characteristic in the nose along with notes of roasted meats, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, truffles, spice, and espresso. This dense, fabulously endowed Syrah inundates the palate with layers of creme de cassis, loads of glycerin, and unbelievable definition as well as focus. Four to five years of cellaring is recommended as this is a wine for patient connoisseurs. It should easily age for two decades. The distinctive roasted character of the Piggott Range Syrahs is noteworthy since this vineyard is a natural amphitheater planted with 35- to 40-year-old Syrah vines. (RP)
Don't let the big price fool you; this is no heavy monster. It's dark and juicy, its solid core of blackberry and dark plum flavors poised against a lively edge of acidity and fine tannins, lingering impressively on an immensely refined finish. Needs time.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark, bright ruby. Tightly wound aromas of crushed black raspberry, blueberry, cherry, pepper and licorice. Superconcentrated, dense and primary, with the blueberry and black raspberry flavors currently dominated by the wine's strong acidity and powerful tannic spine. But this boasts terrific strength of fruit and length, and should be glorious with two or three years of additional bottle aging. (ST)