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Victoria: Shiraz
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201689-92NYROne of the earliest harvests on record, following a dry growing season; wines should be lower in acidity
201594Drink or holdA long, cool growing season produced elegant wines
201491Drink or holdWet, frosty spring limited yields, but many flavorful, vivid wines were made
201392Drink or holdWarm, dry and early; wineries scrambled to make enough space for vivid, full-flavored wines, especially reds
201288Drink or holdEarly March rains compromised most Shiraz; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay better
201182DrinkCold summer and rain at harvest made for questionable quality
201092Drink or holdLighter than usual, many wines with intense flavors at lower alcohol
200985Drink or holdSmoke damage from fires, plus drought; some successes
200893DrinkNear-perfect conditions in Central Victoria
200789DrinkDrought intensified the ripeness
200687DrinkBalanced wines may lack depth
200594DrinkWarmer vintage than usual made generous reds
200488DrinkCool, crisp conditions should make similar wines
200391DrinkHot weather made richer wines than usual
200284Past peakCool vintage; many tart wines
200190DrinkWines have exceptional richness and generosity
200089DrinkHot summer made ripe wines, but some are unbalanced
199985Past peakCold weather at harvest made some wines too lean
199895DrinkSome of the richest, deepest wines made here
199791DrinkStrong vintage, with the heat less of an issue
199693DrinkCool conditions brought intense flavors

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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