Cracking cracker cracklinathon. Oak matured. Vanilla overtones. Smooth as silk from silk road in silk ville. Was worried it could be overdone but as opened and poured could tell this was reaching heights. High heights. Above normal high. Higher than normal. Higher higher and higher.
Amazingly young and almost Priorat'esk, this has a ripe, rich nose of oak, black currant, campfire, brambly herbs and subtle vanilla notes. While there's lots of wood, there's also lots of fruit and this is really enjoyable. The palate is medium to full bodied, with nice depth, pure, sweet fruit and a clean, long finish. I'm still amazed how young this showed and I'd love to try this again in 5 years to see how (or if) the oak integrates.
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(Rosemount Balmoral Syrah (McLaren Vale)) A good deep red colour, but what a nose! Absolutely packed with aromas of grilled cuts of meat, barbecued sausage, charcoal, very slightly jammy ripe berry fruits, black pepper, pickling spices and a touch of floral perfume. On the palate, a medium bodied wine with an elegant edge, packed with smoothly textured and powerful fruit. Lots of structure underneath, firm but unobtrusive tannins and lifting acidity. It finishes with a flourish of that acidity, which keeps the length fresh and flavoursome. Showing much better than my last tasting of this just a few months ago.
(Rosemount Balmoral Syrah (McLaren Vale)) Another dense wine. A big nose of chocolate and fruit, with a stylish, elegant, perfumed edge. An impressive mixture of fruit and acidity, with less prominent tannins.
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