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Antiquarian, Limited Clare Valley Pinot Noir Shiraz 2017

Limited Clare Valley Pinot Noir Shiraz 2017

Inspiration came from Maurice O’Shea’s 1936 Mt Pleasant Pinot Hermitage light dry red, though never fortunate enough to taste it, the legend of it was inspiring enough to tread humbly in its footsteps.


The 2017 Antiquarian Pinot Noir Shiraz is the second release of this unique blend of Shiraz and Pinot Noir picked in our Clare vineyard.  The Pinot hand picked, from a multi-clonal vineyard, with 9 clones across the tiny space is a very unique block.  Shiraz was machine picked and crushed on top of the Pinot.  Hand plunged and fermented with inoculated selected yeast strain, the ferment temperature peaked at 28 degrees and the wine was on skins for a total of 15 days in the open fermenter.  Pressed off to tank, settled and racked to then mature in seasoned French oak barriques for approximately 15 months.  Very light filtration at bottling was used to retain the finesse and elegance of the fruits expression.

Vintage  2017

Alcohol   15.6%

Closure   screw cap

Fruit   55% Pinot Noir 45% Shiraz 

Region   Single Vineyard Clare Valley, South Australia

Bottled  June 2018


Colour  Deep inky crimson red showing brick edges.

Nose  Complex herbal aroma of marjoram and fennel seed.

Palate  Ethereal fine silky tannins with a bright vein of acidity  and mulberry, raspberry and dark cherry fruits. 

Cellar  8-10 years 

2017 Reviews & Awards

GOLD MEDAL  Mundus Vini 2019

93 POINTS  Wine Showcase Magazine 2019 

SILVER MEDAL  AWC International Awards Vienna 2019

SILVER MEDAL  CWSA Best Value Hong Kong Jan 2020 

89 POINTS   James Halliday Wine Companion 2020

16/20 Jancis Robinson  Julia Harding MW


2016 Reviews & Awards

95 POINTS/5 GLASSES  Halliday Wine Companion – Top Cellaring -  June/July 2018

GOLD MEDAL    CWSA Best Value 2018 Hong Kong

REVIEW  18/20  Jancis Robinson - Julia Harding MW 

The aroma is stunning and totally unexpected and so hard to describe: there's a combination of a gentle red-fruit delicacy as well as richer and dark-fruited spice, the aroma coming in waves that alternate these characteristics. On the palate, that same layered and gorgeous complexity of succulent and sumptuous red, silky fruits and a background of spicy dark fruit. Somehow you can taste these two sides to the wine even though they are completely integrated. I can't remember the last time I tasted such a fascinating and unexpected wine. And fascination is not just cerebral but also incredibly sensual. Utterly gorgeous. The tech sheet mentions mulberry and that really is a good suggestion because that too has a luscious richness with very bright acidity. It's long too with an aftertaste of sweet red cherry. The tannins are perfectly judged to support the fruit and give it shape for a good few years in bottle. (Reviewer Julia Harding MW)

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