Coming from a 60-year-old vineyard in Greenock, the 2009 Reiver Shiraz was matured for 14 months in oak hogsheads, 70% new and 90% French. It reveals a deep garnet-purple color and an intensely perfumed nose of black cherries, blackberries, mulberries, potpourri and anise over baking spices and violets. Full bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, it is elegantly structured with a medium level of velvety tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long with plenty of spice layers. Approachable now, it should develop further and cellar to 2019+.
Polished, rich and generous with its cherry, boysenberry and dusky spice flavors, this finishes with a hint of espresso. Has depth and expression. Drink now through 2017. 150 cases imported. –HS
Aromas of black cherries, blackberries, mulberries and anise with hints baking spices and violets. Full-bodied and voluptuous, it is well structured with medium velvety tannins, juicy acidity and layers of spice on its lengthy finish.
Named 'Reiver' for the border raiders of the Anglo-Scot borders. Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the border country was ravaged by lawless Reiver families in a vicious cycle of raid, reprisal and blood feud. Their allegiance was first to the family, the surname, not the crown, whether English or Scottish.