2002 Glaymond "Landrace" Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1333622 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of this portfolio is the 2002 Landrace, a brilliant blend of 70% Shiraz (from 40-year-old vines) and 30% Mourvedre, the latter varietal providing structure and uplift to the ripe Shiraz. This full-throttle, complex red offers aromas and scents of mushrooms, underbrush, blackberry liqueur, and sweet new saddle leather in a provocative, full-bodied, layered style. This immensely impressive 2002 can be drunk now, or cellared for 7-10 years. (RP)  (10/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Sweet cassis, blackberry and kirsch aromas, complicated by sweet tobacco, tree bark and a note of road tar. Fat, thick and almost oily, with extracted, clinging flavors of peppery blackcurrant and blackberry preserves. As rich and unctuous as this is, the flavors do not lack for energy. Finishes weighty and sweet but lively, with no noticeable tannins. (JR)  (9/2005)

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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

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Barossa Valley