Annie’s Lane Winery Clare Valley
This Clare Valley range of wines is one of the best of the many in the former BERINGER BLASS Australian stable now owned by Treasury Wine Estates (formerly known as Fosters). Named after Annie Wayman, a local personality in the late 19th/early 20th century, the wines were previously made at the historic Quelltaler winery but are now made at the impressive Wolf BLASS facilities in the Barossa. The wines glow with fruit and are full and ripe with good balance and varietal expression. As might be expected for Clare Valley, Riesling and Shiraz particularly shine, as does Shiraz/Grenache/ Mourvèdre blend that contains around 50% Shiraz. The premium Copper Trail Shiraz is made in open fermenters from unirrigated vines with part of the wine receiving an extended maceration prior to two years’ ageing in mostly French oak barrels. The Riesling, the best value of the lot, harnesses lovely Clare Valley fruit which is checked by good acidity but like all the whites should be drunk young. Reds are better with 3 years’ ageing or more but will keep considerably longer.
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