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AustraliaBarossa and McLaren Vale: Shiraz

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2019
Score
91–94
Drink Window
NYR
Description

Another year of dramatically limited yields due to hot and dry conditions, but plenty of concentrated wines

Description

Another year of dramatically limited yields due to hot and dry conditions, but plenty of concentrated wines

Vintage
2018
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description

Yields were down, but quality is high, with richer wines, the result of a long growing season

Description

Yields were down, but quality is high, with richer wines, the result of a long growing season

Vintage
2017
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A cool, wet vintage, with soft, aromatic and elegant wines and generous yields
Description
A cool, wet vintage, with soft, aromatic and elegant wines and generous yields
Vintage
2016
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Generous yields in a standout year
Description
Generous yields in a standout year
Vintage
2015
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Frost and wildfires shrank yields for some; wines show plenty of intensity
Description
Frost and wildfires shrank yields for some; wines show plenty of intensity
Vintage
2014
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Wet spring limited yields, with torrential rains at start of harvest giving way to hot, dry conditions; quality looks to be modest to great
Description
Wet spring limited yields, with torrential rains at start of harvest giving way to hot, dry conditions; quality looks to be modest to great
Vintage
2013
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Heat waves in February shortened the season, but low yields and timely picking made some great wines
Description
Heat waves in February shortened the season, but low yields and timely picking made some great wines
Vintage
2012
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Low yields, mild weather and excellent harvest conditions yield wines of grace and intensity
Description
Low yields, mild weather and excellent harvest conditions yield wines of grace and intensity
Vintage
2011
Score
80
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Seriously hindered by cold summer and rare siege of rain at harvest
Description
Seriously hindered by cold summer and rare siege of rain at harvest
Vintage
2010
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Winter rains broke long drought, resulting in wines with clarity and balance
Description
Winter rains broke long drought, resulting in wines with clarity and balance
Vintage
2009
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Another year of excess heat; many compromised reds among some successes
Description
Another year of excess heat; many compromised reds among some successes
Vintage
2008
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Despite March heat waves, some great wines; highly variable
Description
Despite March heat waves, some great wines; highly variable
Vintage
2007
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Best producers outwitted frost and drought
Description
Best producers outwitted frost and drought
Vintage
2006
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Mostly beautiful, balanced wines, but some lack punch
Description
Mostly beautiful, balanced wines, but some lack punch
Vintage
2005
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ideal weather made balanced, generous wines
Description
Ideal weather made balanced, generous wines
Vintage
2004
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Graceful wines with clear, pure flavors and open textures
Description
Graceful wines with clear, pure flavors and open textures
Vintage
2003
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ripe, intense wines were heady at first, but many are fading quickly
Description
Ripe, intense wines were heady at first, but many are fading quickly
Vintage
2002
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Cool vintage made some tart, hard wines, but the best are magnificent
Description
Cool vintage made some tart, hard wines, but the best are magnificent
Vintage
2001
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Hot vintage made the best wines fabulous, lesser wines overblown
Description
Hot vintage made the best wines fabulous, lesser wines overblown


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.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR