Very brief notes from TTTG (blind) (Vernon, CT): Very pretty nose (except for a bit of band aid). Puzzling wine that I could not place, but my mind never went to Syrah and never went to New World. Very nice structure and balance of fruit and earth. I liked this.
Third Thursday tasting group (Vernon, CT): Another great bottle. Totally classic, old school Aussie Shiraz, with a core of elegant red and dark fruited flavours framed by more savoury earthy, tarry, smoky, and faint herbal accents. There's still a fair bit of grainy tannin here and bright acidity beneath, and the balance is fantastic.
TTTG (Salil's): Subtle nose shows sweet cherry, roses, tar and an initial rubber toy/ band-aid note that blew off. Very well-balanced on the palate; showing rich, youthful fruit that possessed good restraint and trade-off with its earthy components. Fine tannins. This really reminded me of a modern young Barolo. Very Good to Excellent - Drink or Hold
Very good, though not quite on the level of the last bottle I had in terms of complexity. Plenty of ripe fruit tinged with herbs and eucalyptus, though not showing the same savoury depth the other one did.
Grand Sich and the Eiswein Show: as Salil said - "Old Skool" stuff. Powerful nose of ripe black fruit and smoke, with just a hint of leather coming in. the palate is much "lighter" than the nose suggests - with black fruit being balanced by acidity and a great tannic backbone. Red fruit come to the party too - still mainly primary with maybe a hint of development. a bargain indeed!
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(Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Mast Rare Reserve Block) Very dark red violet color; nice roasted black fruit, tar, charcoal, sage nose; tasty, tart black fruit, tar, roasted plum, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.