This is my first Saxum with no additional bottles in the cellar. Whilst this wine is fantastic there are similar wines from France and Australia with similar profile for less money.
Base on the blend and 15.8% alcohol content we knew this will be a BIGGGG wine so we decanted it for 45 mins while we mingled so I missed the spirtz that everyone talked about. On the nose the fruit was explosive with a decent amount of floral scents and a bit of mushroomy funk. In the mouth it's loaded with fruit and flowers, I would have never guessed it has 85% Syrah from the absence of peppery notes. I can go on about the tasting notes but most of the folks have covered them here.
I paid $75 for this wine which seemed like a bargain base on retail pricing but I think it's a fair price given the French and Australian offerings at $80 and under. I would not buy the Saxum at $100 and above but would pick up cases if $50 or under.
So it turns out that the Coravin can kill spritz. This was the final glass and change from a Coravined bottle which was much more resolved than the previous glasses. Very dark wine for 11 years old, to the point that you would have no indicator of age at all. On the palate this is dominated by rich blackberry and blueberry notes with big spice, then more tertiary leather and tobacco notes on the finish. With more time in the glass, a raspberry liquor flavor, with a slight medicinal tone, started to emerge. The integration of the very high alcohol is probably the greatest achievement with this wine. I think this will hang on for a while, but I don't think this will improve with age.
Fantastic after 2 hour decant. Definite efervescent on opening. I shook this vigorously several times over a couple of hours and it paid off and with a little patience it was fantastic. Full bodied, well balanced but a little short on the finish; wishing the flavors would last forever. Very nice spice on the palate. Very enjoyable.
Yes, the spritz was very much there and needed about 45 minutes to resolve itself. A very deep ruby, which almost skewed a little purple. It was slightly cloudy and certainly didn't look 11 years old. Initially the nose was full of leathery tertiary notes, but with time, the alcohol became the prominent aroma, despite not really being noticeable on the palate. Complex palate, with a base of deeper black fruit, although with a red fruited grenache influence that felt much larger than the 10-12% present in the blend. There are strong leather and mushroom notes that really balance the wine out, along with a big five-spice note (which may have been exaggerated, since I was having this with five-spice crusted pork). Given the raw power of the wine, the finish was shorter than expected, but not bad. Really held the alcohol well at almost 16%. Far from an all time classic Saxum, but still a good wine and an interesting "how they got here" sort of historical footnote for the truly great, more recent, wines.
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