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Radford Dale Eden Valley Shiraz 2005 (Barossa Valley, Australia)

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Winery: Radford Dale
Varietal: Shiraz
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Vintage: 2005
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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The Radford Dale Vineyard is nestled high in the Barossa Ranges just off Flaxmans Valley Road, Eden Valley, South Australia. The vines date back to 1930. Like any 70 year old this vineyard needs lots of love and care. Pruning and picking are done by hand to protect and nurture these fragile old gems. Yields are kept low and every bunch is scrutinized and hand-sorted. Only then are they allowed through to the bag press and whole bunch pressed. The juice is then settled for 3 days racked and inoculated with a European yeast strain and fermented cold for up to 4 weeks. No need to add acid as this Eden Valley Riesling is in perfect balance with a zingy natural acidity.

What Does It Taste Like?

The wine has been aged in small French (93%) and American (7%) barrels, 40% new. Micro-oxygenated in barrel prior and subsequent to Malo. This is a classic, spicy, peppery Shiraz, with layers of firm, ripe tannins and bound with abundant juicy, fruit. Our challenge each vintage is to accomplish balance; not easy in our sunny climate. This Shiraz has power and restraint, backbone and fruit.


Robert Parker - 93 Points
"The 2005 Shiraz was aged in French and American oak, 40% new. Purple-colored and intensely fragrant, it offers up notes of toasty oak, wood smoke, meat, pencil lead, and blueberry compote. Smooth-textured, already complex, and ripe, this succulent effort will continue to blossom for several more years. It will be at its best from 2011 to 2020." -Robert Parker, February 2009

Wine Spectator - 93 Points
"Smooth and round, this vivid wine delivers gorgeous blackberry and plum fruit that's shaded with perfumy floral notes and hints of cardamom and fennel seed, all of it supple and insinuating. Drink now through 2015." -WS, October 2008

Stephen Tanzer - 91 Points
"Inky ruby. Sexy, powerfully scented bouquet of candied dark berries, cherry compote, vanillin oak and mocha. Broad and dense, with sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors, supple texture and fully absorbed tannins. Forward, sappy and very easy to drink, with no rough edges. But there's plenty of deep fruit here and I suspect that it will hold well." -Stephen Tanzer, August 2008

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