It's now quite easy to buy old JH at well under current retail. It canbe easy to dismiss this wine as OTT alcoholic hard shiraz but this looked ver very good at 19 years of age and indeed one of the best 'middle age' Australian reds I have every tasted. Very settled and won't get any better but very good eucalpt fruits, red berries and furry ne-like tannin. No shines of slowing down. Almost restrained yet clearly new world. Excellent stuff.
Still quite purple, only very slight red tinge. Slightly cool, muted nose. Good fresh bright entry, nice aged fruit flavours through a strong balanced middle, good length but finishes somewhat abruptedly. Not quite what I expected for a Heathcote shiraz - more elegant and refined.
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