Claymore Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz 2017

We have long been fans of Claymore. The Dark Side of the Moon is their best and most underpriced wine. It offers sublime dark fruits, bursts with spice and concentration and finishes with plenty of fine tannins. The 17 vintage continues a stunning run of vintages for this wine. With the alcohol dialled down below 15%, the fruit is just that bit more refined and expressive without sacrificing the trademark glossy black fruits..

Wine Specs

Wine Specs

RegionClare Valley, SA
WinemakerDonna Stephens
Alcohol %14.5
Size750 mL
Bling91pts Wine Front

Allow us to prattle on a little more about this...

Year in year out this is one of Australia’s most consistent and consistently underpriced reds. It has a level of polish and sophistication we normally (but don’t always) see in reds at $70 a bottle and over.

Customer Reviews

The Dark Horse

First tried the Dark Side 2014 along with several other reds at a wine show.

Firm upfront tannins and big acid doesn't inspire immediately when consumed alongside more floral, aromatic or lighter reds, but these big flavours reward and surprise given air, temperature and time.

Still young for a big complex wine, the 2014 was a surprising 'wild card' when shared around a camp fire with friends on a cold winters night.

Given the winter chill, what was revealed was layers of complexity which build as the bottle diminishes.

The Dark Side was compared alongside 5-6 other big name reds, and again with several premium fortified Toques, Tawnys and Muskets, but the Dark Side stole the show.

Given the low temperature of the night air at around 10-12 degrees, the lighter reds just couldn't compare.

The bold flavours and complexity of the Claymore came into it's own, integrating seamlessly into the most rounded delicious red we enjoyed that evening - the whole bottle gone in 20 minutes!

I tried first tried the Dark Side at a wine show at around 21-22 degrees, and big flavours were overwheming.

We think we might have caught a lucky glimpse how this wine might evolve with several years of cellaring.


Ben, 2/08/2016
Customer Rating


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