2005 Shirvington Wine Notes

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Notes:

The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 12 months in 75% new oak and 25% one year old oak. 80% of the oak was American and 20% was French.

The wine exhibits a deep, dense plum red colour. The intoxicating aromatics are evident as soon as the cork is pulled. There is a concentrated array of wild blackberries and fruits of the forest, intermingled with freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is equally as rich with juicy, sweet fruit, evolving into a silky, creamy mid palate. Fine emery tannins built into the wine give it structure and persistence and combine with roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate to leave an enduring, luscious finish.


  • Wine Advocate 95 points
  • Wine Spectator 89 points

2005 Shiraz

Wine Notes:

The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 14 months in 85% new oak and 15% one year old oak. 90% of the oak was American and 10% was French.

The 2005 vintage is now showing deep red with a purple rim. The wine in its infancy still shows a lifted and perfumed nose with traces of red plum, blackcurrant and cracked red peppercorn. The palate with all its freshness and luxurious, velvety tannins is so rich and concentrated, yet so reserved. It is a satisfying mixture of chocolate, aniseed and smoky oak. The copious layers are incredibly tightly bound and need time and careful cellaring to unleash the full potential of this wine.


  • Wine Advocate 93 points
  • Wine Spectator 92 points

Vintage Notes

The 2005 vintage in McLaren Vale was far from normal. Abundant winter and spring rains led to problems controlling vine vigour. The high temperatures usually experienced during summer did not occur — many of our blocks did not require supplementary irrigation until late in the season. Vintage concluded on April 11, and the grapes showed a tremendous depth of flavours and colour. 2005 is recognised as a great vintage for Shirvington.