A complete list of the rare back vintage Australian reds currently available from Zen Beverages
2002 Seppelt ‘St. Peters’ Shiraz.
Quantity Available: 6 – Price $139.90
“This seamless, pristine Shiraz has floral, rose garden-like aromas of pristine but briary dark berry fruits, packed with pepper and musky spices and backed by a charcuterie-like meatiness. Its long, fine and seamless palate effortlessly delivers sumptuous flavours of exceptional purity over bony, powdery tannins, culminating in a long, savoury finish of exceptional persistence. A perfect reflection of its terroir – a truly great wine! Jeremy Oliver 98 Points, Drinking 2014-2022+.
2004 Balnaves ‘The Tally’ Cabernet Sauvignon.
Quantity Available: 3 – Price $129.90
A tightly held together Coonawarra red, regarded by Balnaves as being their best effort to date. Totally opaque black purple colour with excellent cling. Superb lifted perfumed nose with aromas of violet, liquorice allsorts, blackcurrant, confectionery and spice. The palate delivers flavours of blackcurrant, spice and liquorice over a background of white pepper and spice. Fine dry, persistent chalky tannins. Aftertaste of blackcurrant, spice and liquorice. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2024 – 2034.
2004 Greenock Creek Creek Block Shiraz.
Quantity Available: 2 – Price $199.00
The 2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz from the famed single vineyard Creek Block site “is near otherworldly. It was sourced from a 66-year-old vineyard with yields of 1.0 tons per acre and aged for 28 months in used American oak. It delivers a super-fragrant nose of smoked meat, bacon, violets, an earthy/truffle element, blackberry, and blueberry muffin. This leads to a full-bodied, voluptuous wine with gobs of spicy, complex blue and black fruit flavors, great balance, and a finish that just won’t quit. This loaded wine can be enjoyed now but will drink well for another 15-20 years”. Robert Parker 99 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2032.
2006 Mollydooker ‘Carnival of Love’ Shiraz.
Quantity Available: 1 – Price $135.00
The 2006 Shiraz “Carnival of Love” was sourced from a single vineyard. The sensational nose, consisting of violets, lilacs, meat, game, leather, blueberry, and chocolate, leaps from the glass. On the palate this full-bodied wine somehow manages to combine power with elegance. The sweet tannins are well-concealed and the finish lasts for at least one minute. It will provide pleasure for 25 years but who will be that patient? Robert Parker 97 Points, 2007 – 2032.
2007 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier.
Quantity Available: 5 – Price $375.00
The 2007 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is opulent and heady, with a deep, meaty perfume of raspberries, cassis, blue flowers and marzipan that reveals charcuterie-like undertones. Its smooth, deeply layered palate reveals powerful dark plum, cherry and berry flavours powder coated by fine, grainy and drying tannins. Long, complete and impactful, it soaks up its savoury, fine grained oak influences, finishing with lingering sour-edged fruit and meaty undertones. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2019 – 2027.
2008 William Downie ‘Mornington Peninsular’ Pinot Noir.
Quantity Available: 1 – Price $79.99
Deeply perfumed and alluring, this exceptionally fine and tightly crafted Pinot marries ethereal scents of flowers, undergrowth, black and red cherries, exotic spices and a light dusting of dried herb notes with tight-grained French oak and earthy, smoked meat undertones. It’s long, translucent palate reveals layers of pristine pinot flavour underpinned by the tightest of powdery tannins, finishing quite dry and savoury with surprising intensity and a lingering presence of licorice and five-spice. A beautiful artisan Pinot. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2015 – 2022.
2009 Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz.
Quantity Available: 3 – Price $79.95
Lighter colour than the Hillside, despite coming from the original 1896 1.8ha Hillside block of 117-year-old vines. Hand-picked, fermented in 1896 fermenters, basket-pressed, and matured for over two years in new American and Baltic oak barriques. The intensity of the fruit flavours is remarkable, although I’m not sure about the duck confit flavours ex the back label; the intense fruit has made fight work of all that oak, and the tannins are mouthwatering. James Halliday 95 Points, Drinking 2014 – 2022.
2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah.
Quantity Available: 2 – Price $449.00
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length. Extraordinary wine, approachable now. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2030+
2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz.
Quantity Available: 2 – Price $98.00
The 2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz is medium to deep garnet/purple in colour and has a youthfully mute nose exuding crushed blackberries and wild blueberries dotted with notes of cloves, pepper and anise. Big, voluptuous and full-bodied in the mouth, it has tons of spice, black fruit and savory flavors that are shaped by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. Robert Parker 97 Points, Drinking 2017 – 2032.
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