2008 Brand’s Laira Stentiford’s Shiraz

brands shiraz 005From vines planted 110 years ago. Has won gold medals at the Rutherglen, Cowra and Limestone Coast Shows.

That ol’ rum and raisin nose. Prunes and currants, chocolate and vanilla. Stern, oaky tannin. Diesel power. The alcohol heat interrupts the line and mars the finish. Surely should have been picked earlier. 85 Average

Region: Coonawarra
Alcohol: 15.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $55
Tasted: February 2013


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4 Responses to 2008 Brand’s Laira Stentiford’s Shiraz

  1. Seb says:

    hi Jeremy,
    recently re-visited this wine and thought it was stunning. Has all the hallmarks of a Coonawarra shiraz :-)
    cheers, S

  2. Glad you enjoyed the wine Seb. I look for more elegance in Coonawarra Shiraz and had a great deal of difficulty dealing with the alcohol heat. But these reviews aren’t prescriptive. I can argue for my preferences all day long but the truth of the matter is other people may be searching for something different than me. And they have every right to.

  3. Seb says:

    we all have different palates that’s for sure. Perhaps the wine has become a little more integrated over the last 12 months?

    Enjoying an Oakridge Cabernet this evening!

    cheers, Seb

    ps out of interest, how do you store your wines?

  4. Spot on Seb – our mouths, noses, tongues, preferences aren’t the same. Part of the fun + it stimulates dialogue/conversation – which is a big part of my love of wine. It’s certainly a possibility that the wine has integrated since this review was published. Really enjoy Oakridge Cabernet. 2006 was looking terrific when I tasted it late last year.

    Samples and short term wines are stored in my small apartment at around 18 degrees. Gear I’m holding onto for a significant period of time is stored off-site by professionals.

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