First night open, huge, red-black, stewed dark fruits are abundant, but backed by acidity and good tannins. I loved this first glass. Very well balanced, and should improve even more over the next 1-2 nights. After 2 nights wine is still so big, fruity (stewed), but it is not as well balanced as I had hoped. Perhaps light on acidity and tannins considering how big the fruit is. Either that or my palette has leaned toward softer Bordeaux, mineral heavy cabs, and Pinot Noir. Or, both!
This big unctous Shiraz oozes layers of powerful fruit while somehow maintaining a sense of elegance and refinement. The finish is long and memorable. Still very young, this should improve with age and last for at least two decades.
Extremely fruit driven and surprisingly not as OTT with alc as I expected. Just a wholesome sunshine ripened sweet summer black berries blackcurrants blueberries and raspberries all slowly marinated with some coffee roast and mixed berries fruit juice. Juicy juicy wine.
The last time I tasted was December 31, 2007. This bottle is not nearly as appealing, no doubt a result of age. Although still delicious, it's much more muted than I recall. Smokey nose, on the palate the fruit flavors are slightly stewed with a touch of sweetness.
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(Two Hands Shiraz Ares) Actually, I forgot, we had a 2005 Two Hands Shiraz Ares, which elicited lots of boos and hisses. This was hailed as a nightclub wine, and ice cubes were requested. I guess it could have been better with some girls around :) (88).
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