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2003 Tatiarra Shiraz Cambrian


  • Australia
  • Victoria
  • Central Victoria
  • Heathcote
Drink between 2008 - 2016 (Edit)
CT91.4 64 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 48

  • RKatzDO wrote:

    March 3, 2021 - Decent 2003 shiraz with 15.5% alc. Surprisingly not that hot.. Reasonably balanced for what it is. Maybe better 10 years ago when the fruit was richer, but still pleasant and a very good pairing with chicken curry masala.

  • thebonnydooner wrote: 89 points

    May 14, 2019 - Plush, yet aged Shiraz. More leather and tobacco, with blackberry and dark cherry fruit. Does not have the chocolatey richness of some better aged Shiraz. That said, this is pretty tasty, nice savoury notes with a little dried fig and blackberry finish.

  • admwrlk Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 18, 2018 - This was much better, more complex immediately after opening. After open for 2 hours became thin and somewhat acetic

  • thebonnydooner wrote: flawed

    October 16, 2018 - This was deep and rich in colour with only a little lightening at the rim. Nose seemed a little muted, blackberry and currant but not as expressive as expected. Palate had some nice sweetness but again seemed a little lacking. Think this was a little tainted.

  • hlip wrote: 89 points

    September 29, 2018 - Past its peak but still decent an interesting

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121 (link)

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

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  • By James Halliday
    10/7/2004 (link)

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


  • 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

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/29/2006 (link) 93 points

    (Tatiarra Shiraz Cambrian) Big blueberry nose; yummy as heck, big juicy Shiraz: long finish 93+ pts. (with two of the group’s number 3 votes and one number 1 vote, this was our 5th ranked wine of the night)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tatiarra
  • Varietal Shiraz
  • Designation Cambrian
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region Victoria
  • SubRegion Central Victoria
  • Appellation Heathcote
  • UPC Code 9331294001444

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 13 (2%)
  • In Cellars 357 (49%)
  • Consumed 360 (49%)

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