berrys-bridge-pyrenees-shiraz-2000
berrys-bridge-pyrenees-shiraz-2000

Berrys Bridge Pyrenees Shiraz 2000

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Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

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Camberwell VIC 3124
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Producer: Berrys Bridge

Country: Australia

Region: Pyrenees

Vintage: 2000

Critic Score: 95

Alcohol: 13.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: Now


A fabulous offering from Berrys Bridge. Boasting superb fruit – Robert Parker

This tiny winery nestled in the northern foothills of the Australian Pyrenees produces only three wines in extremely limited quantities and has developed quite a cult following. Apparently the 2000 Berrys Bridge Shiraz was a lighter than usual for this vineyard, but it's difficult to believe that when you taste the wine!

"As concentrated and complex as ever, with strong plum and dark berry fruit on the bouquet, the oak in restraint. The palate follows on logically, very concentrated, with this depth doubtless coming from the vineyard."  James Halliday

Expert reviews

"A fabulous offering from Berrys Bridge… glorious aromas of spring flowers, blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis, licorice, and camphor. Boasting superb fruit… it should drink beautifully over the next 12—15 years."  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 95 points

"The grapes are hand-picked, open-fermented with hand plunging, and basket pressed. Simple, hands-on winemaking which is ideally suited to red wines with this type of weight and structure. Full purple-red; as concentrated and complex as ever, with strong plum and dark berry fruit on the bouquet, the oak in restraint. The palate follows on logically, very concentrated, with this depth doubtless coming from the vineyard."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 94 points

About the winery

Viticulturist Roger Milner purchased the property in the northern foothills of the Australian Pyrenees Ranges in 1975. In the mid 80's he, together with winemaker Jane Holt, began the construction of the stone house-cum-winery. Vines were first planted in the 6.5ha vineyard in 1990. 

Ironically the history of the site dates back to 1894 when a Mr Berry was growing shiraz grapes and making wine from a 30 year-old vineyard on almost the same spot that Roger Milner has re-developed. Hence the name Berrys Bridge. 

Berrys Bridge adheres steadfastly to the 'less is more' maxim, offering just three varietals in extremely limited quantities – Shiraz, Cabernet and in some years Merlot. The hand crafted, single vineyard wines are dry grown and vinified on site by Roger and Jane. Hand picked fruit receives small batch open fermentation, is hand plunged and basket pressed. Wines are matured in oak barriques and are bottled unfiltered on site.

Rich red clay soils, warm summer days and cool nights provide lush ripe berries with intense colour, concentrated flavour and complex tannin structure. The Berrys Bridge Vineyard is favoured with winter/spring rainfall and relatively dry summers. Good canopy management generally minimises disease impact in this mild climate, and the ecologically friendly option is always chosen when selecting vineyard inputs. Many species of insect-eating birds love the habitat contributing to a healthy and diverse environment.

"Berrys Bridge enjoyed the kind of debut that every new producer dreams about when its generously flavoured 1998 and 1999 shiraz and cabernet sauvignon were 'discovered' by US wine buyers and critics. The wines are intense packages of concentrated fruit flavour distinguished by fine oak!"  The Age

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Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.