Decanted. Medium to heavy sediment. Perfect colour and movement in the glass. Low-key nose (spiced plums, blueberry, some smoke and tobacco). Opulent and graceful texture. Dominant flavours as per nose. Short finish (probably affected by tannins and retained sediment).
An elegant and subtle St Henri more reminiscent of Northern Rhone or even (in texture and refinement) Bordeaux. Still quite closed, this wine ideally requires another 3-5 years cellaring (at least) but it still makes for pleasant drinking now.
Lots of vanilla oak on the nose and palate. Sweet and soft tannins, full bodied dark smokey fruit. Well integrated alcohol, older vintages did not have this huge oak influence, check my '03 review. Could not get this thought out of my head: this wine is Yellow Tail on steroids.
Wine course 101 - Key grape varieties: During a wine 101 course I gave. Decanted one hour before. Typical nose of Aussie Shiraz with nice notes of smoke, tar, leather, nice and complex. On the mouth very filling with good fruit and ripe tannins, benefits from additional cellaring though. A bit too sweet for my palate but a very solid effort.
Dark concentrated big shiraz. Huge plum flavours and strong oak dominate. Medium length finish. Tannins still a bit harsh. Big but perhaps lacking a little of the complexity i like in the best barossa shiraz's. Will benefiit Enormously from cellaring for 10+yrs and decanting
A powerful, big-in-the-mouth wine. Smoke, leather, and olive permeate the nose and attack of this wine, with a lengthy finish as the tannins dance and dessicate your tongue. Most likely will benefit from additional cellaring. But very good now. A bit heavy in the ABVs, but what the heck, I'll take it.
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