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Corrina Rayment Expatriate Shiraz 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • RP 93
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Winemaker Notes

More than half of the fruit for this wine was selected from Don Oliver's oldest block of 65-year old vines. For complexity, some plantings from the Tahbilk clone were blended in. The Tahbilk clone is one of the oldest know Shiraz clones in Australia. It expresses Rhone-like aromatics with lifted violet and mineral tones. The Olivers sourced this clone from Victoria and were one of the first to plant it in McLaren Vale.

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Critical Acclaim

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

The 2006 Expatriate Shiraz was originally reviewed in Issue 173 as a barrel sample. While not quite as inspiring as I thought it might be, it is still a very high-quality effort. Sourced from a 65-year-old vineyard yielding only one ton of fruit per acre, it was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple/black colored, it offers up a superb aromatic array of pain grille, bacon, violets, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Thick and rich on the palate, it has enough stuffing to evolve for 3-5 years and should be at its best from 2012 to 2025.

Corrina Rayment

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This collaboration is born of Benjamin Hammerschlag's relationship with the Oliver family and in particular, with winemaker Corrina Rayment, who naturally fits into the group of young and progressive winemakers. Rayment is a progressive thinker and she's willing to take risks. Her wines are deigned to offer the best aspects of McLaren Vale - texture, suppleness and intensity.