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2013 Angullong 'Crossing Reserve' Shiraz


"96/100. Power and focus with a firm-but-lengthy finish. Ripe, insistent cherry-plum, aniseed, five spice and cedar wood flavours. Immaculately presented, complex, stylish; you name it, it has it in its favour." James Halliday.    

Wine Profile

Colour Lovely deep garnet colour with youthful purple hue.
Aroma Vibrant aromas of mulberry and dark chocolate that hint at the concentration of fruits that lie within.
Palate A fuller bodied wine with concentrated flavours of mulberry and dark berries complemented by spice and herbs with integrated oak and persistent length. It has a lovely balanced and complex structure with approachable yet drying tannins that will further integrate with time in the cellar.
Region Orange Region, NSW
Food Matches Roast or barbequed meats; venison, lamb and beef.

For over 65 years the Crossing family have farmed the Angullong property which sits in the foothills of Mount Canobolas in the cool highlands of Orange.  The Crossing Reserve represents the best parcels of Shiraz from the vineyard. It is a wine of concentrated fruit, complexity and persistence of flavour.  It will reward careful cellaring.   

The best Shiraz from the Angullong vineyard was fermented with a submerged cap with twice daily pump-overs to extract colour and flavour. The wine was then matured in French Oak for 12 months.

Peak Drinking 2016 to 2030
Analysis Alc/vol: 14.0%


Awards & Reviews

2014 Orange Wine Show, Class 11.

James Halliday, Wine Companion:  "Power and focus with a firm-but-lengthy finish. Ripe, insistent cherry-plum, aniseed, five spice and cedar wood flavours. Immaculately presented, complex, stylish; you name it, it has it in its favour. 96/100' 

The Winefront, Campbell Mattinson, June 2016: ... I saw this wine a year or more ago; always good to revisit once the wine has had time to settle down.  It’s not a big wine but every stitch has been carefully worked. This is a definitive version of finesse. Cedarwood oak is woven through fine, fresh slips of cherry-plum, aniseed, bushy herbs, peanut shells and five spice. It’s a frisky wine but it’s not underdone; it gets the various balances right. Time will work in its favour. Rating: 94/100. Drink: 2018 -2030+

Newcastle Herald, John Lewis, Feb 2017: "...The front palate displays spicy blackcurrant flavour followed up on the middle palate byMaraschino cherry, spearmint, black olives and cedary oak. Peppery tannins come in at the finish...."

South Burnett Times, Regan Drew 2016: "Exquisite perfume of five spice, white pepper and deep licks of sour cherry. Deliciously supported by fine tannins, framing harmonious red fruit and light Belgian choc oak. Immense value.  Rating: 9.5/10 "

Queensland Time, Peter Chapman July 2016:  "The only drama with this wine is that just 200 cases have been put on the market. It means only those who act quick will enjoy a beautifully crafted shiraz that oozes rich flavours and quality. Food: Roast duck. Rating: 95/100"

Huon Hooke, July 2016: "... The palate is medium to full-bodied and soft-textured, with nice fleshiness and balance. It lingers well, too... Drink 2017 to 2028.  90/100"

The Key Report, June 2016:  "... It’s cool climate, very charming and sophisticated, gliding across the palate but making its presence known by sheer charisma. Reserve carries no official meaning so is often misused, but this is fully deserving of the name. 94 points, maybe more to come, and worth $48."

Winewise Magazine, June 2016: "Very much in the spicy, black pepper cool region style. The medium-bodied palate is of good length and fine structure. ($48.00) ★★★★"

Canberra Times, Chris Shanahan, June 2016: "...Deep, sweet, spicy, fruit flavours are backed by strong, savoury tannins derived both from the grape and maturation in oak barrels."

Gourment Traveller WINE Magazine, May 2016: "...has ripe, sweet berries and black cherry on the nose with distinct charred oak. It's medium- to full-bodied in weight with attractive dark fruits and fine tannins to finish, along with persistent charry, coffee flavours. (Mike) Bennie found more. "Redcurrants, blackberries, and quite a bit of concentrated fruit character greet you in this wine," he wrote. "Aromas of game meats and graphite, too. Fleshy in the palate with lively red berry fruit character, tangy acidity, a dash of pepper and a lacy tannin profile. A spicy number, and has a good reserved feel." It's ready now and will age for several years. 90/100.

Q Wine Blog, June 2016: Beautifully fragrant - cherry vodka, red berries, macerated black cherries, cedar and dried herbs. Fine pepper, brightish acid sits proud, this is built for the long haul. More time in the glass helped this find its mojo. Plums and plentiful graceful fruit nestled in, this is on the road to satisfaction town. Give it a year or two before getting stuck in. Time will be your friend here, a long term aging prospect without doubt. Very good+

The Vinsomniac, June 2016: Beautiful red fruit, summery berry pudding, with vanilla accents from quality French oak. Perfect seasoning with a nuttiness and delicate spice. Fine, elegant; tannin is fine-grained, graphite structured that conveys composure. There's not as much fruit conveyed on the palate, but it has length in spades. Give it some time. 93/100   more....