This was a dark, ruby red beauty. This wine was black fruit driven with a slight hint of oak. 98' was an incredible year for Aussie Shiraz and this wine has held up wonderfully. It's not the huge tannic monster of the past, but it is still a gorgeous wine that is drinking great.
Pretty deep garnet. Nose initially was plums with tire rubber, but with airing, the fruit emerged to a glorious plums, black fruits and a sweetness that one gets in Shafer Hillside. Taste was non-stop glorious with a lingering taste of what it smells like. Smoothness with no heat. Not OTT. Glorious and best Shiraz I have had in a dog's age.
Cork on this bottle crumbled away when I tried to open the wine, which was a ashame. Luckily I'd decided to give the wine a few hours decanting time, so it worked out ok. Tremendous nose with dark fruits and spice. Big wine, very Barossa, but with good balance. Lovely fruit here and the finish is long. Drank it with a friend who really likes red Burgs and he though it was a tremendous wine, worth the Parker score. Not sure how long it will age, but there is no need to hurry.
Decanted 10 hrs. Just as good as a bottle last year in a showdown with '90 Rayas. Explosive wine. Has tremendous power matched with an elegance that few wines can equal. An interesting crescendo finish that built over 1-2 minutes. Long life ahead of this one, but decanting is essential on Burge wines. The first bottle of this that was opened was corked! The corked bottle broke our hearts but luckily we realized it in the morning and could decant another bottle.
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