2009 Churchview Estate “The Bartondale” Shiraz. Margaret River. 14%

Churchview Estate “The Bartondale” Shiraz 1   Churchview Estate “The Bartondale” Shiraz 2

Churchview’s Bartondale range sits at their top tier of wines. This Shiraz was cold soaked with 4% Viognier prior to fermentation.

Comes with a huge 96 points from James Halliday.

Bright purple in colour. First thing I notice about his wine is that it’s seamless and harmonious on the palate. Humming along nicely.

Slippery on the palate and fragrant, perhaps aided by the small amount of Viognier.

A medium to full bodied wine that tastes of sweet dark fruits, liquorice, aniseed and black pepper. Nutty, cigar box taste in the background.

With more air, a slight bitter after taste is revealed. A bit like biting into a clove, which detracts from the overall experience.

Was more taken by this wine at cellar door than when sitting at home. How often does that happen?

Sure, this is a good, solid wine. The slight bitter after taste disappointed a bit. Considering the asking price, I was expecting a touch better experience. Would be happier if this were in the $25 – $30 bracket.

Tasted 14th May 2013

$55 from Cellar Door

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. Chad Bonciani

    Dont get me wrong, I support and encourage all who love wine and wish to share their experience with others. However, how can you justify Si. Cachorro, uncertified, not in ‘the egg’ and not ideal cabernet growing conditions @ $55, yet value this at 25-30 with a great reputation, a top tier wine from a well established producer. It is true, Shiraz is by no means a signature varietal of the Margaret River region, although @96 points one would expect something rather unique and rewarding. Tactile is a more appropriate word for ‘taste’ in a review. Cheers!

  2. Bjorn Anthony

    As with most wines when assessing them in the cold clarity of a home/office their true potential never comes to light….suggestion…try the wine sans food in the first instance,then with food and then if really serious the next day….you are now in a true position to comment accurately.

  3. Thanks for your comments. To my tastes, I much prefered the Si Cachorro. I find that wine preferences vary immensely bewteeen people. I’m humbly sharing my wine journey, my tastes, which I am sure will change and move around as time progresses. As my title suggests, these are casual observations. I mean no disrespect to the folk at Churchview about my tasting note. For me this Shiraz just didn’t “tick all the boxes” when I tried it at home. I sent them a note thanking them for their great service at cellar door. They walked me through their wines patiently and I walked out of there with a case of wines from the Bartondale and St John’s range.

    Bjorn, I agree completely. Most of the wines I write about have been tried over a few days. Before food, during and after. Some wines do improve alot on the second day.

    I have a few more bottles of this wine in the cellar and look forward to trying it at a later date.

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