I purchased this on release in 2000 for $75.00 and thought it was wonderful at the time. Has been in my cellar ever since. I opened it tonight and it was shockingly dried out. Virtually undrinkable. Cannot imagine what happened! Cork was dry and broke on extraction. Mid neck fill. I just reviewed the 1997 and 1999 Chateau Reynella Shiraz Basket Pressed which were cellar companions and they were very good. What a let down.
Definitely more Earthy than many Aussies but with a full set of flavors and a length that is less common. Up front you can tell it's got some age on it but the finish is quite good and reveals no harsh edges. The only thing holding it back is a muted mid-palette.
I would not have guessed this to be an Aussie Shiraz. Lots of coffee and menthol on the nose. As it opened the menthol slowly started to blow off and the intense fruit showed through. Interesting and fun but I am still not an Aussie guy.
i would defy anyone to ID this bottle blind as an aussie shiraz. it was a dead ringer for a chateauneuf. actually, modestly pleasing to drink, but hardly a blockbuster. it's a bust as a shiraz, and started to seriously fade after an hour.
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(Clarendon Hills Shiraz Hickinbotham) Group's #4 (my #2) – 57 pts.; 1, 4, 4, 3 - bricking medium dark red violet color; herbal, green herb, olive, green peppercorn nose; pepper, tart black fruit, charcoal, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.
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