ATLAS 'CLARE VALLEY' SHIRAZ 2010

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ATSH201011 UCAU
  • 96 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion
  • Made from a single batch of a single estate vineyard
  • "This is masterful winemaking" - James Halliday
  • Single Bottle
    $34.99
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  • James Halliday
    96 points

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  • James Halliday

    96
    "Made from a single batch of a single estate vineyard in the White Hut district on the northeastern ranges of the Clare Valley. Deep crimson-purple; the bouquet is profound, but does not prepare you for the multiple layers of the full-bodied palate; blackberry, anise, bitter chocolate and cedary oak are among some of the flavours; others will no doubt find more, and I won't complain. The most unexpected feature of an unexpected wine is the freshness and elegance of the finish; this is masterful winemaking."

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Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Clare Valley

Situated in the Mid North of South Australia, approximately 120 km north of Adelaide is one of Australia's oldest wine regions the Clare Valley. The area is broken up into three sub-regions, the Polish Hill River region to the east, the Central Clare Valley, and the Skillogalee Valley to the west.

Often associated with some of Australia's finest Riesling the cool climate and differing terroirs have paved the way for exciting and diverse wines over a plethora of varietals resulting in wines of pure expression and great length. Home to some of Australia's most iconic wineries - cult producers like Wendouree, to Australian icons such as Kilikanoon and boutique producers like Atlas, the Clare Valley is definitely an area to keep an eye on for exciting and ever-evolving wines.

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About the brand Atlas Wines

The wines from Adam Barton are some of the best we’ve seen from South Australia. They capture all that has made the regions famous, yet they’re made in a sophisticated, high quality style that puts them in another class. They certainly over deliver for the money.

A bottle of 1965 Lindemans Hunter River Burgundy (one of the greatest wines of the 20th century) lit the fire for his oenology degree. Since then he has wasted no time, working with Scarpantoni Estate (McLaren Vale), Rolf Binder (Barossa Valley), Wynns Coonawarra Estate and the iconic Californian Bonny Doon Vineyard.

In 2007, Barton and his wife Amy purchased an 8ha vineyard on a stony ridge on the eastern side of the Clare Valley, which had been offered for sale by Kilikanoon. Their vision for Atlas was pretty simple: to produce great wine from the highest-quality fruit available

Barton is totally committed to small plot, individual vineyard sites that make a strong statement about their terroir, giving the grapes he vinifies the maximum opportunity to speak loud and clear.

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