Claymore, Dark Side of the Moon, Shiraz, Clare ValleyClaymore
Donna Stephens / Marnie Roberts
100% Clare Valley
Bright purple red.
The berry fruits are a little shy in this wine in youth – it’s the more savoury smoke and soft char of the oak that is immediately apparent on the nose. As the wine opens up with some air you then see bright dark berry fruits and hints of aromatic violets.
This year’s Shiraz are more elegant than we have seen for some years – a product of milder ripening conditions in 2011. A more medium weight wine, the 2011 Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz shows deep forest berry fruit characters complemented by spicy, almost chocolatey oak. The wine is finely structured, quite tight in youth. With time all those forward primary fruit flavours will round out to fill the palate. A pretty and remarkably delicate wine, best cellared for at least 12 months before consumption (if you can!).
A restrained, elegant Shiraz in its youth, the 2011 shines alongside food. The natural acidity makes it a lovely balance for hard cheeses or try rare roast eye fillet of beef, served on pumpernickel with horseradish cream, cornichons and pickled olives. Cellar 4-8 years.
TA 6.85 g/L