Decanted 1.5 hours. At 20 years old, it shows its age with a transparent, rusty color and mature berry fruit nose. There's a lot of woodspice and white pepper on the nose, leading into subtle, seductive dark red berry aromas and some dark roasted coffee bean. Initially lacking palate expression, more decanting coaxes out sweet, slightly stewed dark berry flavors. Drink now-2017.
Lovely bottle of Jasper Hill Shiraz. One too seek out. The tannins fully integrated the wine displaying primary and seconday characters, clearly still on the ascendancy - likely to be at its optimum in 3-5 years.
Beautiful bottle of wine. This was only 14% alcohol, and a more subdued, less extracted than some of the other Aussi blockbusters. It was 13 years old, and had more life in it yet - I would say another 4/5 years. What it gave up in extraction, it gained in complexity and balance and with the Heathcote gamey, funky taste. It was bright, and a mid-weight, with light tobacco, soy and the deep blackberry fruit - more fresh fruit than stewed. Jasper Hill is a benchmark wine, not gaining the really high Parker scores, but consistently excellent.
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(Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock (Heathcote, Victoria)) Dark core fading a little at the rim. Brooding, crushed blackberry fruit nose. Oak here too, sweet yet sweaty and leathery. Exotic spices. The palate is pure, focused and balanced, with concentration and structure showing on the midpalate. Very supple and fluid ripe and spicy. Brilliant quality. Needs five years. Showing much better than my last tasting.
(Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock (Heathcote, Victoria)) Quite opaque. Restrained on the nose. Opens out a little, giving some red and black fruit gum sweetness. Raspberry and coffee flavours on the palate, with some toffee oak. Rich, balanced, quite elegant. A delicious wine, but somewhat overshadowed in this company.