I'm sure this is well-made as far as Aussie shirazes go. Really extracted and powerful black fruit dominates the nose and the palate. A little bit of charred meat and hoisin sauce. Still very much primary despite its age, although whatever tannins there may have been have dissipated. Acidity is on the low side of medium. Not cloying, but it does feel a little loose, and while the fruit is fun and impressive it's a one-glass only type of wine for me.
A revelation. Dark plum and a pepper hit on the nose. Big mouth feel, velvet covering for the mouth. Smooth, integrated, hidden tannins. Big plum fruit hit. Sophisticated and complex. This is at the start of its drinking window. Finish goes on forever. One of the really good Aus high end wines.
14.%. The quality of the fruit is noticeable in the intense nose and spicy finish. Barely noticeable secondary notes. Noticeable sedimentation coating parts of the bottle. Acid and tannin well balanced, if a little soft. This bottle has aged well, despite a known two week episode exposed to tropical temperatures. I may have opened my previous bottle too soon after that episode. Will open my next one two years from now.
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