Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep ruby color, with fading rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit such as blackcurrant and blackberry, pungent spice of pepper, sweet spice of cinnamon and nutmeg, some herbal notes of mint and Chinese medicine, oak notes of cedar, dried fruit of prune, kernel notes of chocolate, maturity notes of savory. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium tannin which is totally smooth and well-integrated, with medium (+) alcohol and medium (+) body, exhibiting medium (+) intensity of flavors including black fruit of blackberry and dark cherries, pungent spice of pepper, sweet spice of nutmeg, oak notes of cedar, kernel notes of chocolate, herbal notes of mint. The wine has a medium (+) finish. Conclusion: Very good quality high-priced Australian Shiraz, showing good fruit despite already 20 years old, on the nose the highly complex aromas has good concentration, and the palate is elegant, given this is a powerful wine it is particularly impressive. The tannin is already well-integrated and extremely smooth, with the structure so robust and balanced. It is at its peak now but can be kept for another 3-5 years.
We don't drink much Aussie Shiraz in this household but I opened this since we had two antipodean ladies at the dinner table who've never tasted their country's most famous wine. (Neither have I...) Despite the high expectations, the wine did not disappoint. Decanting it 6 hours before, I was overcome by lush expressive fumes of Shiraz that filled the air around me, dark cherry, iron, spice box, flowers. Rich and elegant on the palate, the fine grained tannins are beautifully integrated with the deep, smoky black fruity layers. While by no means a lightweight, it is refined and slightly understated in a manner that reminds me of cote rotie. Would love to try it again in 10 years time, will be on the lookout for another bottle!
Decanter for 2 hrs, we have a treat tonight with a 1970 Montrose and 1994 Ch. Ausone, this wine is drank last. Deep ruby color, body is full. Lots of plum and black fruits. Long lasting after taste. Definitely a big wine. Our food did not over power this wine
Cork pulled the day prior, returned to bottle and served the next day, double-blind.
I had the same experience as avid_wino - I loved it. And yes, I've had some Shiraz experiences that were more monumental, but that, I think, is because they were completely at peak, and this, my friends, is just beginning its plateau. 19yrs old? You're kidding, right? Still a very youthful dark garnet toward purple, with virtually no age at the rim. Confiture of blueberries, smoke, curing meat, saddle leather, lardons and sweet herbs. Layered, polished and seamless; full-bodied palate that covers all bases. Gains complexity and weight with airtime. Fantastic now, could well approach epic in a 5-8 years. My only nit is the finish, I thought it could have been longer. 14,0% abv, highly recommended, drink thru 2026
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(Penfolds Grange) The 1994 Penfolds Grange (11% Cabernet, 18 months in oak) Gil kept cooing over. I got unusual but benevolent rubber tire and cola in the nose, along with more typical eucalyptus, menthol, black licorice and a mélange of cassis and black cherry. Peter felt the 1994 ‘calls out for food.’ It did have huge t ‘n a with a tidal wave of a finish and great minerality. Big, long and massive with port-like flavors, this ’94 left the 1990 in the dust as far as the matchup of the two heavyweight styles went.
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