Acker Merrall 2002 Aussie Blind Shiraz Showdown

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Tasted Friday, November 4, 2005 by trankin with 1,060 views

Introduction

Big Guns 02 Aussie Shiraz tasting. I was told last week that the 02's were in a bit of a funky spot. While these wines were generally very good, only a couple really did it for me. Hopefully they'll all improve, but that remains to be seen.

Apparently they were all decanted for approximately 2 hours, and were in the glass for another 2.

My favorites, in order, were the Amon Ra, the Henry's Drive, the Greenock Alice's, Kay Brothers Block 6, and the Shirvington. The group's top 5, in order, were the Shirvington, the Run Rig, the Greenock Alice's, the Kalleske Greenock, and the Astralis.

Flight 1 - Flight 1 (5 Notes)

This was my favorite flight. Really enjoyed these wines.

Flight 2 - Flight 2 (5 Notes)

My least favorite flight. A corked Dead Arm, plus a weak Integrity and Glaetzer.

  • 2002 Greenock Creek Shiraz Alices 95 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Incredibly dark red, very thick, almost opaque. Nose of alcohol, red fruit, blueberry and a touch of cream. My main impression is not quite ripe blueberries. Also ripe blueberries, big red fruit, plums, some tannins, nice spice - white & black pepper. Excellent. WOTF

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  • 2002 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm Flawed

    Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale

    Corked.

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  • 2002 Marquis Philips Shiraz Integrity 91 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale

    Dark reddish purple, thick. Nose of acids. Sweet and spicy. Raspberry jam, thick, heavy. Black pepper, stewed prunes. Too spicy, not quite balanced.

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  • 2002 Kalleske Shiraz Greenock 94 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Opaque purple with a touch of red. Muted nose with a little tobacco. Deep, dark fruits, blackberry, spicy black pepper. Oaky, sweet vanilla. Round. Not fully integrated or balanced but has alot of potential.

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  • 2002 Glaetzer Shiraz 92 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Dark red, rather thick. Barnyard on the nose. Less fruit than others, but still round, thick, jammy with dark fruit and chocolate. Wondering if there's a slight taint?

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Flight 3 - Flight 3 (5 Notes)

Good wines in this flight, but nothing that blew me away.

  • 2002 Noon Shiraz Reserve 93 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek

    Dark red, with some purple. Spicy sweet cream on the nose, with blueberry and white pepper. Beautiful nose. Oaky, red fruit - almost cherry or strawberry but thicker and slightly tart.

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  • 2002 Clarendon Hills Astralis 94 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon

    Red, the thinnest in appearance of the night. Medium/full bodied. Nose of alcohol, leather, red fruit. Dark red fruit on the plate. Black pepper, raspberry. Very nice. Rhone-like. I like this alot.

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  • 2002 Torbreck RunRig 93 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Purple, medium-full bodied. Nose of blackening spice? Woods? Pine needles. Slightly hot and alcoholic, but otherwise really very nice structure and flavor. Red fruit, chocolate, pepper. Medium-long finish. This needs a few years.

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  • 2002 Shirvington Shiraz 95 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale

    Deep, dark red. Nice blueberry and raspberry on the nose. Creamy raspberry and spice - hint of cayenne, black pepper and brambles. Some jam but not jammy. Very Very nice. WOTF.

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  • 2002 Kaesler Shiraz Old Bastard 93 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Reddish purple, dark. Alcohol and white pepper from a muted nose. Alcohol and raspberry, creamy blueberry, white pepper on the palate. Nice but doesn't blow me away.

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Closing

Overall not quite as thrilled as I was hoping, but several gems, and none that I really didn't like.

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