2014 The Aberfeldy
- Clare Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
The Aberfeldy has long been synonymous with quality, representing our flagship wine. Year after year, this wine continues to deliver the best that Clare Valley Shiraz has to offer.
The Aberfeldy has vibrant magenta colour with aromatics of cherry, plum, dark berries and chocolate complemented by the oak derived characters of clove, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full bodied with dark berry conserve flavours, balanced oak and firm tannin generated from a dry, low yielding vintage. The wine has persistent length of sweet fruit and oak, with power, elegance and great finesse.
The wine has been sealed with a WAK closure, an internally threaded screw cap with a traditional look. This wine is worthy of keeping for up to 20 years in good conditions. We recommend decanting prior to serving, allowing at least an hour prior to enjoying.
The Aberfeldy has become an iconic Australian Shiraz, consistently collecting Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge in London. The wine has earnt Langtons Classification and has been referred to as “Clare Valley’s Grange”.
- Growing Conditions
The growing season in the lead up to the 2014 vintage in the Clare Valley saw average autumn and winter rainfall. Spring was relatively dry but the ample subsoil moisture from winter and a mild spring provided excellent budburst and flowering conditions. February was cooler than average, allowing acid levels in the grapes to increase whilst slowing sugar development, resulting in excellent flavour profiles. The mild conditions continued through March, providing ideal, even tannin and flavour development in the reds.
"Flavour profiles, natural acidity, colour and tannin in the 2014 reds looked fantastic from an early stage”, said winemaker Brett Schutz. He continued, “we hand selected the best Shiraz blocks of the vintage and allowed them to ripen to perfect maturity before harvesting”.
- Food Pairing
The Aberfeldy is best enjoyed with a range of red meat-based dishes with complementary sauces/gravies.
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They dare to call this the Clare Valley Grange. It’s the firm’s flagship wine,a consistent gold medal winner at the International Wine Challenge in London.
It has a full-bodied palate with enticing dark berry conserve flavours, and persistent length. Also teams well with sausages and gravy. Made by Tim Adams and Brett Schutz, who recommend decanting an hour or two before quaffing.
Prices vary, but you’d have to look at about $1000 a bottle for Penfolds 2013 Grange, I think the current release. Tim Adams asks the question, then answers it himself: “Would you rather have a single bottle of Grange or a dozen plus bottles of Aberfeldy? To me, it’s a no brainer. Of course I’d rather have the latter.” It’s a richly flavoured gem of a red, and probably the best-value flagship on the market. It will live for many, many years but, believe me, right now calls out for a rare piece of prime steak.
TIM ADAMS Aberfeldy Clare Valley Shiraz 2014 Aberfeldy epitomises Tim Adams’ skill in uniting vibrancy, definition and lift with depth and character. There is crunch and tang here, softened and deepened over a full two years in American oak hogsheads, making for a style that plays satsuma plum and black cherry fruit in full voice against a backdrop of spice, even a hint of dark Christmas cake. 14.5% TS 94 points.