aromas noticeable 5 feet away from decanter. At this point it is all lush black fruit with only a little smoke. Tannins are noticeable only for the structure they provide - making it a gentler Rhone product. I seem to be marking harder now than at my last tasting, since it appears that this is now at/just past its peak and I have dropped it two points
Last but one bottle; huge improvement over last time (two+ years ago). quintessential syrah nose, tar, brambles. Slight darkening around the edge of the glass with purple/dark tone predominating. Nicely integrated tannins softened into a harmonious blend of dark sweet fruit which really comes out at the back of the palate. 45 second finish. Way better than the 2000 La Chapelle.
Even better than the last 2 bottles and for $12 this is a tremendous QPR. Great great nose, very Hermitage like: pepper, game, blackberry...Very elegant. Full body, no angular aspect, you find a nice balance and good acidity not so common in a lot of Aussie shiraz. Good finish. Has still a lot to offer for a good 2 to 3 years.
The bottle was a bit too chilled so the fruitiness and structure didn't show until toward the end of the bottle. It did seem like an atypical Shiraz, but with not too much wood and some tartness. Next bottle we will make sure it is out of the cellar instead setting on a cold concrete floor before drinking.
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