Jeremy Oliver 96 points!
'Vibrant spicy aromas of blackberries, plums and cassis, licorice and chocolate, with underlying but assertive creamy, toasty and vanilla oak. Sumptuous, smooth palate whose richly endowed expression of ripe plum, dark olives and new oak influences are framed by firm, but tightly integrated tannins. Excellent length, structure and balance very ripe and powerful but not overcooked. 19.0, drink 2013-2021,' Jeremy Oliver, Onwine
Fox Creek's Reserve Shiraz 2001 has been voted Australia's finest, beating the celebrated Penfold's Grange 1998, at an Executive Wine Seminars (EWS) tasting in New York this month. The EWS is a widely respected wine organisation based in New York that specialises in tastings of the world's finest and rarest wines. They have a long standing association with Robert Parker, America's most influential wine journalist, who publishes the results and storyline of every EWS tasting on his website. Each January the EWS have a blind tasting of the most coveted Australian shiraz releases within the past year to determine which is the best of the best. And this year's results declared that Fox Creek's 2001 Reserve Shiraz 'blew them away'. Jim Watts, Managing Director of Fox Creek Wines said 'We are delighted to be reviewed so well, particularly in light of the quality and prices of some the competing wines. We are very proud of our Reserve Shiraz.' It was voted superior over the other wines that included d'Arenberg Dead Arm 2000 from McLaren Vale, Two Hands Lilly's Garden 2001 and most notably Australia's icon wine from the exceptional 1998 vintage, Penfolds Grange. Robert Parker Jnrs notes during the session : 'Fairly deep color. Beautiful nose features ripe blackberry fruit and just the right amount of oak. Really seductive on entry with the sexy, ripe fruit supported by just the right amount of tannin and vibrant acidity. Not a super-heavyweight, this balanced wine is a fine expression of craftsmanship made in the modern style. Very long finish. A few intellectuals at the tasting thought that a few other wines in the tasting offered more complexity and interest. But most people were simply blown away by this wine.'
SA- McLaren Vale
Wine Red - Shiraz