Lacks the awesomeness of previous bottles. Getting a little too much secondary character and lacks the fruit of others. Graphite, pepper, spices and red fruits. While not a powerful finish it still lingers for 25 seconds. Recommend drinking these up.
I think the flavor profile was very much as it was when I had this wine 15 years ago. While it might have mellowed a bit, this is far from a shrinking violet it still drinks quite young and quite Shiraz. Given its current plateau, I don't see it changing in the short or mid term. Drink now unless you have the courage to hold for a long time to see if anything changes.
Much preferred this wine as a young fruit bomb. wine has well integrated tannins, not that they were prominent in its youth. Not a lot of noce going on here. Much preferred a '99 JSM we had a month ago.
Pop and pour, then followed over about 2 hours. Rich cocoa, blueberry and vanilla. We had this alongside the 1997 and it was significantly better. Definitely more balanced than most Aussie wines, but still obviously Australian.
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