This has aged well. Showing a dense core of fruit, spice, and some gravel. This still showed a slightly rough tannic edge which I don't think will integrate further. For those who enjoy a fuller/rougher Aussie syrah, this is your wine. For these seeking something sleek and elegant, pass. This paired well with a gnocchi bacon broccoli dish, pairing especially well with the bacon.
Lovely wine. Popped this one after the 2004 last night since it seemed just a touch "off". This wine was huge and delicious. Loads of fruit and anise. Nice backbone. Years of life ahead, but drinking splendidly now. Had it with grilled lamb. Wish it had been a Mag! I might be conservative on the score.
I like the Heathcote Shiraz'. There is a complexity that is often missing in some of the McLaren Vale or Barossa. In fact in their best forms they have a similarity to North Rhones. However they can sometimes drift into murkiness. This is a good example. Great dark fruit with a little toast. I have another bottle that I'll keep for a while.
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As one of our highlight wines from the past 4-5 years, this SPECIAL is as close to my heart as it comes. When an Australian winery is trying to make a difference this intently, I listen closely and I have since this winery’s inception.
Tatiarra is one of few Australian statement makers at the moment but they have what few others in the world possess - untouched Cambrian soil that has been evolving for millions of years with no agriculture or other mineral sapping vegetation planted before the vines were forced to sink their teeth into the one of a kind terroir-fest. Think of this as a vinous equivalent of a kid about to open their presents on Christmas morning - if are a Shiraz vine lucky enough to be planted at Tatiarra, you are something special right from the get-go.
For those of you that still have copies of The Big Australian Review from years past, the Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz was always ranked in the top 3-4 wines of the vintage (out of several thousand tasted). It is one of only a handful of Australian wines with the mineral soaked, tannic clout of a great Hermitage but the staying presence and singular quality of a classic vintage of Grange circa the mid-1960s. In other words, these are as highly recommended as it gets and they represent the dragon that so many of you chase with wine.
Now the fun part, the winery is small - they have no room to store old vintages - they need to make room for their 2006 and 2007. So, we have the very last bottles of the three preceding years, sold as a 3-pack at a price that is not only bizarre with this level of provenance (never moved since release) but for the competitive quality (which there really is none). This is not about scores - Wine Advocate numbers are about as irrelevant on these as any series of Shiraz reviewed in the last decade (although they always get admirable scores despite this). The Cambrian cannot be put in a peer group comparative setting as it is unlike any other wine - the hallmarks of crushed rock, stone, depth and solid ore are not found outside of this micro-climate. In the end, the Cambrian is at the very upper reaches of wine in the world with nearly unlimited capacity to age (into something nobody can accurately predict but I’m surely excited to find out...)
Do whatever research you need to but this price is downright crazy.
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