2020 The Eagle Shiraz
2020 The Eagle Shiraz
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Vendor Dalwhinnie

2020 The Eagle Shiraz

Regular price: $185.00
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Tasting Notes

colour

Deep purple with hints of crimson.

aroma

Distinct aromas of dark ripe berries mingle with baking spices, sandalwood, pepper and bramble.

palate

Slinky and modern, medium-bodied yet rich in flavour. The palate exhibits ultra-fine tannins which unfold layer after layer with dark fruits, cedar, black plum, forest floor, truffle and an exquisitely elegant, long finish.

cellaring

This wine will reward long cellaring of five to twenty years. 

Technical

vintage

The growing season was ideal, warm but not hot, a perfect amount of rainfall in the growing season allowed fruit to be picked at relatively low potential alcohol, but with a ripe and super fine tannin structure. The Eagle Shiraz is only produced in the most exceptional of vintages in the ultra-premium, cool-climate Pyrenees region of Victoria. Careful viticulture meant fruit was picked at optimum ripeness.

winemaking

Sourced solely from the 1977 “Eagle” Block directly in front of the winery. This fruit was hand-picked and fermented as a single batch. Utilisation of 15% whole bunches in the ferment and a moderate duration of cold soak ferment was initiated and lasted around 10 days. The resultant wine was pressed and filled to 25% new French oak puncheons (500L) with the balance being 1- and 2-year-old for a period of 20 months. Careful barrel selection was then made to showcase this amazing single vineyard icon at its best.

region

Pyrenees

variety

Shiraz

analysis

  • Alcohol: 13.5%

Food Pairings

Slow cooked lamb shoulder with a middle eastern herb rub and garlic roast pumpkin.

Awards

Decanter World Wine Awards 2022

Reviews

Erin Larkin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate 2024

Spicy and pert, this 2020 The Eagle Shiraz incorporates a small component of whole bunch (about 15%), and this elevates the spice component untold. It is a great inclusion, along with the subtle lacing of orange peel, white pepper, blood orange, cinnamon and blueberry. It's eminently classy, refined and electric, in its way. The wine speaks eloquently of its place in the Victorian hills, but it also expounds fragrance, finesse and energy. It's a super wine. You can drink this now, but it borders on frisky. I love it as is, but the wine will only gain in stature, complexity and nuance as it ages. Five years from release might be a good rule of thumb, but you go your own way. A good wine is good at every age. 

97 Points 97

Ned Goodwin MW, James Suckling 2023

This shows notes of ripe but crunchy dark and blue fruit with peppery spiciness and hints of sandalwood and ash in the background. Wide and encompassing on the palate with medium to full body and fine, velvety tannin structure. Deep and layered fruit character with a steely, mineral freshness and with crushed stones and bitter spices to close. 

95 Points 95

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