Jasper Hill Occams Razor Shiraz 2013 ~ Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
94/100 - Wine Spectator
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90/100 - Wine & Spirits Magazine (2007 Vintage)
93/100 - Wine & Spirits Magazine (2005 Vintage)
92/100 - Wine & Spirits Magazine (2004 Vintage)
92/100 - CellarTracker (2005 Vintage)
92/100 - Stephen Tanzer (2008 Vintage)
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
The Winemaker "Deep purple crimson with red currants, ripe plums, raspberries and aromatic tobacco notes. The plentiful tannins are countered with more than adequate natural acidity. Sourced from an organic single vineyard in Mia Mia, 20km south of Heathcote"
Wine Advocate “Deep garnet-purple colored, the Occam's Razor 2013 Shiraz is scented of baked blackberries, cherry coulis and cassis with nuances of eucalyptus, black pepper and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with expressive black berry preserves and peppery flavors supported by firm yet approachable tannins and finishing long with a menthol lift."
Wine Spectator "Focused and expressive, with an overlay of about a dozen different kinds of pepper adding interest and depth to the cherry and floral flavors, focusing into a compact beam as the finish lingers amid lightly prickly tannins"
The Wandering Palette "Loyal followers of Jasper Hill in Australia will know that their wines sell out on release in August each year with the cellar door only open the final weekend of that month."
Curtis Marsh "Jasper Hill makes profound wines of the greatest integrity that reflect the very special vineyard sites and unique rare soils; ancient Cambrian soils 500/600 million years old on undulating hillsides of rusty red gravely loams....all of their wines should be considered ‘must-have’ including their joint venture wine with Michel Chapoutier, La Pleiade Heathcote Shiraz and Agly Brothers Cotes du Roussillon, France"
Jasper Hill is a winery of iconic status and considered of benchmark status in the Heathcote region of Victoria, Australia. The first vineyards were planted in 1975 and the first vintage was in 1982. Jasper Hill is best known for producing concentrated Shiraz from ungrafted vines planted deep into ancient basaltic rock soils. The estate has a total of 24 hectares (60 acres) of vineyard land split between three properties – Emily's Paddock, Georgia's Paddock and Cornella Vineyard. These are planted to a range of varieties, including Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Nebbiolo, Semillon, Viognier, and Grenache. The vineyards are farmed organically, biodynamically, and with no irrigation.
Heathcote is a prestigious wine region in Central Victoria, an hour and a half's drive from the state capital, Melbourne. Shiraz is the unchallenged king of Heathcote wines, making world-class, award-winning wines characterized by their rich and deep aroma profile, a dark, almost inky color, ripe, velvety tannins and an amazingly long finish.
The region is sandwiched between Bendigo to the west and Goulburn Valley to the east, with the state border with New South Wales a little way to the north. Vineyards lie in a narrow strip on the sides of the Mount Camel hills, where elevation plays a big part in the climate, as do cool winds from the south. Heathcote summers are comparatively mild, resulting in an extended growing season. The ripening of the grapes is slow and steady, allowing an almost optimum phenolic development – one of the reasons why Heathcote produces such high-quality wines.
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.