An incredible wine. The 2005 Old Bastard may very well be a bastard, but it certainly does not come across as very old (perhaps not a bastard either...). The nose delivers a rich perfume of dark mature Shiraz fruit, leather, chocolate, black pepper, orange zest, lemon curd and a whiff os spiciness which is just adorable. Not a trace of heat is found anywhere, despite a considerable alcohol level. The palate adds to this impression with balance and integration. Yes, there are some hard edges but those are just a promise for the future, I think. Though I am sure the wine will last for many more years, it drinks perfectly tonight - after a well deserved decant. A lovely effort!
Tasted in a flight with 2005 Colgin IX Estate Syrah, 2005 Ojai Special Bottling Bien Nacido Syrah, 2005 Noon Shiraz and 2005 Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz.
Opened for 2 Shiraz friends, and frankly it is one of the best Oz ever tasted. Dark, almost black. Still great structure, with years to go. Decanted for 1 hour and plenty of twirling gave blackberry, blueberry, expresso, and nice pepper. Integrated tannins, but they are still there. Cellared correctly since release.
Not much to add to the good reviews here. A colossal wine that is not to everyone's taste but great at what it it going for. Despite its huge flavors and intensity it is a smooth wine with integrated tannins, probably at peak but probably plenty of time to still enjoy. Brush your teeth twice after drinking.
Some wines from the USA and Downunder (Umeå, Sweden): Non-blind. Decanted 4 hrs. (not enough) Impression: Fabulous!!! Black wine. Grande nose with smoke, tar, rubbery aromas and a truck load of anise seed and licorice. In the mouth this is a young, closed behemoth. Fantastic to drink today, but patience will be greatly rewarded. Next btl in the rather far away future. Winner of All Time Ugliest Wine Label Award. But we drink what's inside the bottle. Thank heavens :-)
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