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Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2003

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Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

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Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2003

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Burke Road
Camberwell VIC 3124
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Producer: Dalwhinnie

Country: Australia

Region: Pyrenees

Vintage: 2003

Critic Score: 94

Alcohol: 13.5%

Size: 750 ml

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We all thought the depth of flavour impressive, but the wine needs time to come together. Great potential - Gourmet Traveller Wine

"The Dalwhinnie Shiraz vineyard is one of Australia's great wine treasures."  Campbell Mattinson 

Dalwhinnie, located near the small village of Moonambel in the heart of the Pyrenees region of western Victoria, is one of Victoria's oldest family-run vineyards. Dalwhinnie has been growing grapes for nearly 50 years and the 16-hectare vineyard is now fully mature. At 595 metres above sea level, Dalwhinnie is the highest and most remote of the Pyrenees district vineyards. The vineyard is located in a naturally undulating trough which falls away from the hills, forming an amphitheatre nestled into the ranges.  

"Intense musky plum and blackberry. Deep-set flavour, with mocha and spice. Fine, chalky tannins. Power and strength."  Andrew Caillard MW

"Typical dark purple; lifted cherry-prune and spice scents with violets. The Shiraz fruit is fresh and pure. The palate is generous and mouth filling. The earthy scented fruit is sweet but rustic with flavour overload. A spectacular wine. Every once in a while you blend up a wine and the quality of the wine exceeds vintage expectations. The Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2003 is such a wine. While the 2002 Shiraz was outstanding, the 2003 is even better. Extremely limited."  David Jones, Winemaker

Expert reviews

"A young and unevolved wine, this boasts blackberry fruit and sweet, smoky oak not yet married. Calliard said: 'Intense, musky plum and blackberry. Deep-set flavour, with mocha and spice. Fine, chalky tannins. Power and strength.' We all thought the depth of flavour impressive, but the wine needs time to come together, and for the drying tannins to soften. Great potential."  Gourmet Traveller Wine – 94 points  ★★★★★

About the winery

Dalwhinnie Vineyard

Dalwhinnie, located near the small village of Moonambel in the heart of the Pyrenees region of western Victoria, is one of Victoria's oldest family-run vineyards. Dalwhinnie has been growing grapes for nearly 50 years and the 16-hectare vineyard is now fully mature.

Ballarat architect Ewan Jones purchased the site in 1973 and named it after the Highlands town of his Scottish ancestors. He established the vineyard in 1976 and his eldest son, David, took over its management seven years later. David subsequently purchased the property in 1994 and operated Dalwhinnie until January 2020, when it was acquired by Fogarty Wine Group.

At 595 metres above sea level, Dalwhinnie is the highest and most remote of the Pyrenees district vineyards. The vineyard is located in a naturally undulating trough which falls away from the hills, forming an amphitheatre nestled into the ranges. According to David Jones, the hills and the sedimentary soils of the Pyrenees are vital factors in the vineyard's uniqueness.

The main grape varieties grown are Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. These small individual vineyards average around 1.8 hectares in size and because of the hungry sedimentary soils, cropping levels are low - only 1.5 tonnes per 0.8 of a hectare.

The site is totally frost-free which enables the grapes to reach optimum ripeness. The vineyard is non-irrigated and operated on strong organic viticultural principles. The fruit is hand-picked and the vines are cane-pruned by hand. Harvest usually starts the third week in February and is completed around the first week in April. Cover crops are sown every year between the vineyard rows to add nitrogen to the soil. The average annual rainfall is 550mm with most rain falling between July and November.

"In Dalwhinnie, the Joneses have happened upon that rare but blessed confluence of factors: site, soil, climate, cultivars, viticultural practices and sensitive winemaking. Sit back and watch, as Dalwhinnie etches a name for itself, not only among the great wines of Australia, but the world."  Huon Hooke

Wine region map of Victoria

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.