2005 Clarendon Hills Syrah Piggott Range Vineyard

Year: 2005
Appellation: Clarendon Hills
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Jeremy Oliver on Australian Wine: 92
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"A lavish mouthful of plum, blackberry, chocolate and subtle sweet spices, hinting at roasted fruit as the finish sails on and on against super refined tannins. Dramatic, but beautifully balanced. Best from 2009 through 2020. 500 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2005 Syrah Piggott Range is quite backward currently. Glass-coating, it is deep crimson in color with mineral notes, violets, spice box, black pepper, espresso, smoked game, and blueberry aromatics. Deceivingly opulent, it has enough structure to merit 8-10 years of cellaring and should make old bones. Drink it through 2035." (WA)

"($165) Inky purple. Deeply concentrated, slowly unfolding aromas of blueberry, mulberry and candied plum are complicated by bacon fat and espresso, with sexy oak spices adding interest. Chunky tannins give structural support to the brooding fruit. Picks up a brighter cherry character on the chewy finish, which offers exceptional cling and length." (IWC)

"Like all of the Clarendon Hills wines, this is packed with intensity. It’s full-bodied, with soft tannins and a slightly low-acid, natural feel. Aromas of menthol and roasted meat are backed by hints of blackberry and licorice on the palate and a long, lingering finish. Drink now–2020. " (WE)

"Big, black and brooding, this palate-staining, wild and briary shiraz is packed with intense plum and blackberry fruit backed with smoky, bacony and vanilla oak, cloves and pepper, with undertones of eucalypt and menthol. Framed by firm, dusty tannins, it’s long and assertive, with layers of fruit, oak and structure. (McLaren Vale, $200 retail, approx., 17.8/92, drink 2013-2017)" (JO)