Clear deep dark purple. Clean nose of black fruits, floral, and some vanilla. Dry, med body, med acidity, soft tannins, Black cherry, dark chocolate, and tobacco on palate. med+ finish. This wine is very nice. I am not normally a big Aussie Shiraz fan, but this is unlike anything I have had before. Very nice wine!
My last tasting of this was back in 2006 when I wrote "this wine was more approachable than the first time we tried it - but it still needs some time to meld and reveal its complex fruit". Well nine years later, it is smoother and more polished and is certainly approachable with its delicious melange of black and blue fruits. Reiterating my initial tasting note when I wrote this was "huge, powerful, dense, richly complex, dark", tonight it was big, dense, rich and complex, but now is smooth and approachable with full forward fruits of ripe plum, candied cherry, black raspberry, and blueberry fruits with tones of black pepper, hints of anise and dark chocolate punched by firm intense tannins on a smooth and long finish.
I acquired this bottle within the last year and I wasn't sure about the provenance. It ended up being in perfect condition and it still had a lot of life to go. Dry, Full bodied, Med+ Alcohol, soft Med- Tannins and Med- Acidity. Notes of bitter chocolate, umami character like soy, balsamic, dried plums and black cherries and tobacco. These aromas carried through to the palate, which was full, soft and round, making it quite chewy in fact. The alcohol was very well integrated, even though there's not a whole lot of acidity to balance it out. The wine carries through the mid-palate, but the finish drops off a bit suddenly. Very well done. Enjoyed with beef stew and then finished the bottle through the evening. Drinking well right now but can easily go another 5-7years.
Popped and poured, 2/3 bottle followed over 5 hours. Purple/slight brownish. Trace meniscus. Lots of sediment - this bottle had been stood up for about 5 days. Gained complexity over the duration. I was worried about decanting it - probably foolishly.
Nose was bitter dark fruited chocolate with mint, eucalyptus, and minute aromas of toasty wood. Savory flavors dominate the palate: mint, sage, dark berry, bitter chocolate, toasty wood, hint of charcoal. No prune or cooked fruit in this bottle. Nice acids. Gritty tannin. Long finish.
This is probably just entering its peak drinking window at 12 years. Should last awhile, I think. 92+
Delicious with a sous vide steak. Disclaimer: I like aged Aussie shiraz.
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