1997 Clarendon Hills "Piggott Range" Shiraz McLaren Vale

SKU #200155 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The massive 1997 Shiraz Piggott Range Vineyard (14.5% natural alcohol) slightly spicy, but is a classic in the sense of its fabulous display of cassis and blackberry fruit. Extremely full-bodied, with surreal levels of extract and richness, this powerful, mouth-staining Shiraz should be at its peak between 2000-2015. This wine is a crowd-pleasing, exotic offering that takes the level of richness and hedonism to sensational heights. This wine is worth trying if only because of its compelling purity, opulence, and explosive richness.  (2/2000)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby color. Warmer aromas of crystallized raspberry, black pepper, truffle and smoked meat. Sweet, layered and concentrated; richer and deeper than the above. Has the structure to age. Finishes very long, with chewy but suave tannins. Very impressive.  (8/1999)


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- 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.