This month Halliday Wine Companion will be digging deep on cellaring. Over the coming weeks we’ll answer all your cellaring questions – from the basics of storage to the wines worth waiting to crack the screwcap.
The best Australian reds – shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and classic blends – are built to last the distance. You’re privileged to a wealth of options when looking for wines to put down, so ahead we’ve selected five top drops to seek out. Each has a lifespan of 20 years or more, a 96-plus point score and is listed in order of price – from a wallet-friendly investment to the bottles to splash out on.
2013 Xanadu Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
Xanadu paints an unerring landscape of intense, elegant Margaret River cabernet, with a stream of cassis fruit bordered by gravelly but fine tannins, oak insistently completing the picture. Great value.
RRP $30 | 2038 | Xanadu Wines
2015 Sons of Eden Zephyrus Barossa Shiraz
From 18-60+yo vines in the Barossa (61%) and Eden Valleys (39%). A seriously complex and intense wine, combining raw power and finesse on the prodigiously long palate, piano keys from all parts of the keyboard being played from the opening stanza to the aftertaste, sour cherries and dried herbs, licorice and black pepper soprano to the bass of blackberry, in a coruscating display of daring to be different shiraz.
RRP $48 | 2040 | Sons of Eden
2013 Lindeman's Coonawarra Trio Limestone Ridge Vineyard Shiraz Cabernet
The colour is excellent, the bouquet and palate likewise; blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry are the flavour vectors of the medium to full-bodied palate, although oak also has its say. Lovely wine.
RRP $52 | 2043 | Lindeman's (Coonawarra)
2014 Giaconda Estate Vineyard Shiraz
Deep, bright colour; this challenges Giaconda's Chardonnay (don't get into a lather, it doesn't quite succeed) for top ranking in the stable; it has an utterly seductive mouthfeel with two strands of flavour welded together: the first black cherry and blackberry, the second peppery/savoury/spicy notes. To say it is elegant is to use a cliche, because it is at the ultimate peak of elegance.
RRP $87 | 2039 | Giaconda
2012 Yalumba ‘The Caley’ Coonawarra Barossa Cabernet Shiraz
Bright, deep crimson-purple; the bouquet instantly semaphores a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits, flavours which are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it's the way this beautiful wine caresses the mouth that is so special, the tannins polished, the oak judged to perfection.
RRP $349 | 2042 | Yalumba
Next article: read about the record-breaking results from the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction.