2005 Tatiarra Shiraz Cambrian


  • Australia
  • Victoria
  • Central Victoria
  • Heathcote
Drink between 2012 - 2021 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 37

  • rmalloy Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 27, 2019 - Tasting this from a blind sample set of 10, I was confident this was the Tatiarra Shiraz because it tastes very much like the 2004 vintage that I tasted recently. The distinctive feature is an apple-skin flavor that is uncommon in red wine. This wine also has pronounced aromas from aging, reminiscent of leather, and just a hint of black pepper. Unlike many Shirazes (and new world wines generally), this wine has a definite structure with refreshing acidity and significant tannins; it is not just a sweet mouthful of ripe black fruit. But this wine also doesn't taste anything like Northern Rhone wines either. This is definitely worth trying.

  • wrote:

    March 28, 2019 - 3 hours in the decanter, still opening up, no time unfortunately so down the hatch. Still life in this, yet.

  • mats13 Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 29, 2018 - Aged to perfection. Lovely dark fruit, not bruising at all.

  • cubswinws Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 14, 2018 - I don't drink a lot of Australian wines but this would change that. Nice stewed meats and a touch of heat on the finish. Drinking quite nice at present.

  • wrote: 89 points

    March 24, 2018 - In the decanter for a good 5 hours. Still a bit of heat on this. Think I got this wrong 2 years ago. It was finally starting to settle as the bottle was finishing, but wasn't overly fussed this time around. Maybe a few years yet to settle.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133 (link)

    (Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz Heathcote) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By James Halliday
    3/6/2007 (link)

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    8/17/2007 (link)

    (Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz) Cambrian SPECIAL Dear Friends, As one of our highlight wines from the past 4-5 years, this SPECIAL is as close to my heart as it comes. When an Australian winery is trying to make a difference this intently, I listen closely and I have since this winery’s inception. Tatiarra is one of few Australian statement makers at the moment but they have what few others in the world possess - untouched Cambrian soil that has been evolving for millions of years with no agriculture or other mineral sapping vegetation planted before the vines were forced to sink their teeth into the one of a kind terroir-fest. Think of this as a vinous equivalent of a kid about to open their presents on Christmas morning - if are a Shiraz vine lucky enough to be planted at Tatiarra, you are something special right from the get-go. For those of you that still have copies of The Big Australian Review from years past, the Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz was always ranked in the top 3-4 wines of the vintage (out of several thousand tasted). It is one of only a handful of Australian wines with the mineral soaked, tannic clout of a great Hermitage but the staying presence and singular quality of a classic vintage of Grange circa the mid-1960s. In other words, these are as highly recommended as it gets and they represent the dragon that so many of you chase with wine. Now the fun part, the winery is small - they have no room to store old vintages - they need to make room for their 2006 and 2007. So, we have the very last bottles of the three preceding years, sold as a 3-pack at a price that is not only bizarre with this level of provenance (never moved since release) but for the competitive quality (which there really is none). This is not about scores - Wine Advocate numbers are about as irrelevant on these as any series of Shiraz reviewed in the last decade (although they always get admirable scores despite this). The Cambrian cannot be put in a peer group comparative setting as it is unlike any other wine - the hallmarks of crushed rock, stone, depth and solid ore are not found outside of this micro-climate. In the end, the Cambrian is at the very upper reaches of wine in the world with nearly unlimited capacity to age (into something nobody can accurately predict but I’m surely excited to find out...) Do whatever research you need to but this price is downright crazy. ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly form the source with perfect provenance: Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz 3-Pack (one bottle of each vintage) 2003 Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz 2004 Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz 2005 Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Aus8410

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tatiarra
  • Varietal Shiraz
  • Designation Cambrian
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region Victoria
  • SubRegion Central Victoria
  • Appellation Heathcote

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  • Pending Delivery 12 (1%)
  • In Cellars 493 (57%)
  • Consumed 366 (42%)

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