Glenlofty Estate Shiraz 2015 ~ Pyrenees Victoria Australia
95/100 James Halliday - 5 Star Winery
93/100 International Wine Challenge 2019
93/100 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
91/100 Campbell Mattinson
4.5/5 Winestate Magazine
Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018
Silver Medal - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019
Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge UK 2019
Silver Medal - Victorian Wine Show 2018
Silver Medal - Australian Small Winemakers Show 2018
Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition (UK) 2018
Silver Medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018
Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
Halliday Wine Companion “As sure-footed as they come. This is ripe and rich and yet neat as a pin, its flavours of sweet plum, spearmint, blackberry and chocolate melting in your mouth as they roll impressively through. Seductive in a controlled way. Tannin has been set just right too. Terrific value."
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) "The wine shows lovely ripe aromas of dark plum and spiced cherry combined with olive, almond and game characters. It is beautifully weighted and rounded on the palate, delivering delightful fruit flavours together with savoury nuances, brilliantly supported by fine texture and plenty of polished tannins."
The Wine Front “This wine struck me as having some serious mojo. Reserved, medium weight wine of red-black berry fruit spectrum, dashes of pepper, faint ‘mineral notes’ with a suppleness and softness that speaks of easy appeal. It’s got good length of flavour, inward intensity, nice tannin profile, good draw of flavour. It’s very enjoyable, understated red wine here.”
Winestate Magazine "Glenlofty’s vineyards have been carefully nurtured since 1995 in the cool-climate foothills of Victoria’s Pyrenees. Formerly blended into premium wines produced by Penfolds, Seppelts, Rosemount and Brown Bros, Glenlofty’s remarkable fruit has been bottled under its own Glenlofty Wines label only since 2013. Early industry applause has been rapid, as demonstrated by its awards."
Glenlofty’s vineyards were established in 1995 in the cool-climate foothills of Victoria’s Pyrenees. Here the climate, ancient granitic soil types and varying slopes mirror those of France’s northern Rhône region. Until 2010 Glenlofty sent their cool-climate premium fruit for blending into high-end wines under Seppelts and Penfolds labels. In 2010 the 140 ha vineyards were acquired by the pioneering Richmond-Smith family, well-known in Australian agriculture since 1839. The first wines released under the Glenlofty brand appeared in 2013, and were an immediate success, winning gold medals across the world.
The Pyrenees mountain range in Australia shares its name with the ruggedly beautiful area that divides France and Spain - sweeping vistas, a temperate climate and cold climate wine growing are similarities that go way beyond the name. The Pyrenees foothills and ranges create a remarkable diversity of microclimates that provide a wealth of variety for winemakers. The region is a quintessential Australian wine region, with vineyards appearing sporadically between the ever present eucalyptus trees. Pyrenees wines produced from Cabernet Sauvignon can possess a sumptuously rich mid palate, with flavours running from eucalypt mint through to black currant as well as the earthy characters that develop during maturation. White and sparkling wines also contribute to the reputation of the Pyrenees region especially in the cooler south.
Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are usually pronounced. Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.