My least favourite vintage of probably my most favourite Australian Shiraz. No notes taken however the reason I am mildly less enthusiastic of this vintage is that the smokey, earthy element can be powerful to the point of distraction even with decent decanting. Some mild rubber tones to the nose as well. That said I haven't tried a bottle on a 2nd night and it is still a fantastic wine albeit a tad more challenging than other vintages.
Gee this has become a truly interesting wine. No notes taken at the time so I'll be brief. It was really the 2nd night that this came alive. A real Rhone pencil driven nose along with definite aniseed. Silky and powerful on the palate but at no point is it 'big' or over the top, just powerful. The palate is extremely smooth and silky. Some definite spice to boot. I have to say I am really impressed. Kind of a best of old world meets best of new world deal.
God what a bargain of a wine. This must be the best sub $25 Australian red wine I've had since the 2010 Cirillo Grenache.
It has the main thing you should want in a wine. It's just damn delicious. I LOVE the sour cherry / crisp apple acidity. Hugely refreshing wine and just the ticket as I was a little over wine altogether.
The nose has an earthy, mild gravel dusty, vegemite on buttery toast(don't let that put you off it's very mild but 2 of us independently made that comment) and sweet cranberry.
Palate has that gorgeous acidity mentioned and it lingers and lingers like a young Clare Riesling albeit in a different context.
This is why I drink wine. I own many good to great wines but rarely do they give this level of pure enjoyment. Yum...and that's what it's all about. I could auction a Grange and buy 15 of these. Makes owning Grange seem ridiculous really.