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Barossa and McLaren Vale: Shiraz
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201692-95NYRGenerous yields in a year that saw below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures
201594Drink or holdFrost and wildfires shrank yields for some; wines show plenty of intensity
201491Drink or holdWet spring limited yields, with torrential rains at start of harvest giving way to hot, dry conditions; quality looks to be modest to great
201390Drink or holdHeat waves in February shortened the season, but low yields and timely picking made some great wines
201295Drink or holdLow yields, mild weather and excellent harvest conditions yield wines of grace and intensity
201180DrinkSeriously hindered by cold summer and rare siege of rain at harvest
201094Drink or holdWinter rains broke long drought, resulting in wines with clarity and balance
200987Drink or holdAnother year of excess heat; many compromised reds among some successes
200891DrinkDespite March heat waves, some great wines; highly variable
200788DrinkBest producers outwitted frost and drought
200692DrinkMostly beautiful, balanced wines, but some lack punch
200596Drink or holdIdeal weather made balanced, generous wines
200493DrinkGraceful wines with clear, pure flavors and open textures
200385DrinkRipe, intense wines were heady at first, but many are fading quickly
200290Drink or holdCool vintage made some tart, hard wines, but the best are magnificent
200192DrinkHot vintage made the best wines fabulous, lesser wines overblown
200085Past peakUneven due to a hot summer and rain at harvest
199988DrinkUneven due to late rains, but the best wines have intensity
199895DrinkClassic Barossa, rich, ripe and majestic
199789Past peakLate summer heat waves led to uneven wine quality
199699DrinkAfter frosty spring, perfect conditions produced classic, long-lived, flavorsome wines

Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.


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