Wow! This surprised everyone at our dinner party. Some even thought it was an old-world wine, and some liked it better than a much more expensive Aussie Shiraz. Tannins have softened nicely since I last tasted this a year ago. Great fruit but not overpowering, well balanced, excellent structure, big mouth feel, long, pleasant finish. I wonder if there's a dash of viognier in it? It went beautifully with grilled lamb. Just entering it's drinking window.
Decanted but tasted immediately in prep for New Year's eve. Medium to dark ruby in the glass. Spice, cedar and a bit barnyard nose. Still some tannins and crispness with some licorice and medium length finish.
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