2010 Dalwhinnie "The Pinnacle" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria (Previously 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.
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 area's producers, and this wine is from their highest, steepest parcel, producing world-class Shiraz with power and elegance.