Not decanted, consumed over the course of about 4.5 hours. Dark and very youthful color, with only the slightest fade at the rim. Lots of sediment, but not destracting amounts. Nose of feet and sweaty socks at first sniff, blew off within minutes revealing the real charm of this wine. The nose changed several times, going through phases of fruit (always fruit), meat, smoke, breakfast sausage (!), and as the other taster noted, some Chinese medicine-like notes. The palate had fine, mostly resolved tannin, and layers upon layers of different flavors and textures, with a medium-length but thoroughly satisfying finish. In contrast to the other taster, I found that this held it's moderate (13.9%) alcohol quite well, the reasonable level no doubt contributing to the elegance of the wine. Not quite hedonistic the way some Australians can be, but this was the most pleasurable Australian wine I've tasted in a while (edging out the stellar 04 Penfolds Bin 128 from a blind tasting a few weeks ago). Didn't jump out at me as a food wine the way European expressions of the grape inevitably do though if some smoked ribs had been available I would not have turned my nose up. Truly and thoroughly enjoyable, and the notion that I got this for $15 is still something I'm having trouble with.
Found "forgotten" at the back of my wine fridge and drank over Sunday afternoon/evening at home. Perfect cork. Threw a huge amount of sediment on decanting and a second dumping in the decanter. Very deep red, translucent colour that suggests a wine only a few years old. Hot. spicy nose with brambles and black fruits. The palate is all briar and bramble fruits, dark and compacted, chewy, lots of minerality and quite medicinal.......touches of tannic, Chinese medicine.Very dry on the finish but balanced by lots of fruit. Clearly comes from very old vines. Some length. This particular year was 90% Grenache and 10% Shiraz. Overall, a bit "hot" for my taste.
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