A process similar to that of the Alan's Cabernet, the Shiraz Reserve is made from visually perfect fruit selected from the healthiest vines. Whilst selection is underway, and to maintain a keen eye, Duck insists on drinking a bottle of the previous Shiraz Reserve and tries not to spill it on the way! Shiraz Reserve is very special – highly seductive and only created in the cream of years.
The 2000 Shiraz Springflat Reserve (14.5% alcohol; 200 cases) was aged in various sizes of French wood. It possesses explosive fruit, full body, admirable concentration, and slightly higher acidity than Barossa Shiraz, which makes the tannin stand out. Nevertheless, this is a big, mouth-searing, full-bodied, muscular red that needs some time in the cellar.
Wild Duck Creek Winery could be considered the Grateful Palate’s first true “cult” winery. Other producers had their adherents but Wild Duck Creek seems to cast an almost-religious cloak of awe over its fans. Even before Duck Muck focused the eyes of collectors worldwide on David ‘Duck’ Anderson, we’ve had clients who waited patiently for Wild Duck Creek (and only Wild Duck Creek) from us vintage after vintage.
Mr. Anderson is a self-taught winemaker (well,... View More