2012 Dalwhinnie ‘The Eagle’ Shiraz


Dalwhinnie is located near the small village of Moonambel in the heart of the Pyrenees region of Western Victoria, Australia and is a super premium producer of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. After 40 years of growing grapes, the 16 hectare vineyard is now fully mature, producing true varietal fruit characters with great concentration of flavours.

At 595 metres above sea-level Dalwhinnie is the highest and most remote of the Pyrenees district vineyards. Surrounded and sheltered by the highest range, this unique bowl of vines is a world unto itself, located in a naturally undulating trough which falls away from the hills, forming an amphitheatre nestled into the ranges.

The fruit for the Eagle Series has been sourced from the small 1.2 hectare cellar door vineyard planted in 1977. The hilly, well drained soils and south easterly aspect produces some of the most stylish and complex fruit in the country. The fruit character is unique in that it displays a very interesting olive oil and bramble fruit characteristic, which is fascinating.

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98 Points James Halliday
rom the block always known as The Eagle, planted in ’77, and still considered to be the best. Vivid, deep crimson-purple, it absolutely floods the senses with its glorious silk and velvet texture, its array of black fruits of every description, its superb tannin structure, and its low alcohol leaving the mouth as fresh as a spring day. A truly great wine.

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