Has retained the very nice gamey, blackfruit quality on the nose. A little above medium bodied, but continues to be smooth and round. Deep black cherry and other tarry, blackfruit flavors through the middle with plum and spices through the finish. Nice length overall. This has never been a brawny shiraz, but it evolved almost to the point of elegance. This was showing nicely after 90 minutes and just improved from there with the final glass at about 3.5 hours in showing best. While I don't see improvement potential here, there's more than enough fruit and structure for this wine to last several more years. This would've been a bargain at twice the price I originally paid.
As expected, this wine has remained quite consistent over the past 18 months from when I first opened a bottle (Dec 2013). This has never been a big brawny, full bodied shiraz. Instead, it's more medium bodied and smoother; pairing very well with food. Cherry was the dominant fruit note and while it does have the gamey/spicy qualities one expects from a shiraz, they are more integrated with the body of the wine. Also, no harsh, tannic drying notes on the finish. Enjoyable bottle to drink, great QPR and I'm pleased with how this wine has held up.
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