It tastes its age but its still very drinkable, although this is cabernet made in a slightly older style, so you have to appreciate cabernet in a bigger frame to appreciate this. Coconut, chocolate, cassis, cedar, wet dog. Long flavours. Still good tannin structure there holding things together, but I reckon its a drink now proposition.
In outstanding form, colour the dead giveaway - could pass for a 10 year old wine, no bricking whatsoever. Effusive cassis and cedar aromas, mid+ body, great length with mid-strength tannins still present. Sweet prunes, touch leafy, cassis. Can see this holding another 10 years...who knows where it can go?
Ah - the anticipation when the decanter was brought out. Sometimes with wine of this age and the dry climate in Australia, one worries about whether it would turn out like nectar or be only good enough for cooking. Removing the cork - dry and crumbled - out with the aerator (and sieve). First taste came with a "hmmmm" ... albeit with relief as there was no sourness and the colour was a rich deep red. Then after an hour, the John Riddoch opened up with a beautiful perfume and ripe berries, soft tannins, great elegance and long finish. Ah ... can't wait for the next occassion to finish the next two in my cellar.
Mini Verticals - Tasted Blind: Stalk, herb and capsicum notes. Bold mouthfeel with plenty of fruit but also rather firm tannins. There is a little brett behind the fruit as well, I think for this bottle it adds to the wine rather than detracting.
A typical Wednesday evening in Sydney: Capsicum, pepper, tomato leaf and tobacco on the nose. The palate is more along the lines of what I like - there is real freshness to the fruit and the tannins are still framing things really well. Finishes quite lithe and refined. Not sure if this was a top condition bottle.
Perhaps the best bottle of this we've had so far. Deep and complex with a lifted liquorice nose. Felt younger than the other bottles - maybe something to do with being able to get the cork out unbroken for once(!). Don't remember it being especially long but it was far from short.