Pristine bottle, level into neck, decanted for two hours. A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Cabernet-Sauvignon. Rich robe, warm bricky red, mature but lively appearance, youthful for age; very impressive and complex nose, overripe red berries, beef stock, black olive, black pepper, deep and mineral, hint of aniseed, herbs, rich but retains a wonderful freshness after 27 years; the palate is fresh and linear, with potent but finely grained, velvety tannins, blackcurrants and liquorice, eucalyptus, displays a more transparent and lighter style than the greatest vintages, but the energy, harmony and drive are still very impressive; excellent length, new oak and black pepper, the lighter flavour profile and dried fruit on the finish indicating maturity. No real hurry but no reason to wait either.
Tasted alongside the 1988 Henschke Hill of Grace. Darker in colour with more sweetness on the nose in comparison. Lots of ripe fruit but also depth, meaty notes, savoury spices. On the palate much more grip, juicy, bright acidity, slightly mineral and spicy. Lovely length. Much more youthful than the Hill of Grace, but also less elegant and smooth and a little rustic in comparison. No rush to drink this at all. 93-95
No formal notes. Probably the best wine I have had. Left me with a smile and completely buzzing. Massive concentration, enormous complexity, still delicate, nuanced, never ending. Perfect structure, everything is in harmony. Beautiful wine.
A marvelous wine at a marvelous stage. The nose is Suave, full, yet not heavy, it reminds me of a deep sound of a majestic orchestra. Beautiful dark berries at a stage of mingling with eucalyptus, leather, wet earth and waves and waves of matching texture filling up the palate. Still quite youthful and in no way I could have guessed it as being 25 years of age. From the nose and on the palate, it reminded me of some of the best right bank Bordeaux(Pomerol). Despite the thickness it had a marvelous balance, and held on to its dignity through the whole meal. A tremendous bottle at a great drinking stage.
double decant 4 hrs prior to drinking. Vanilla oak prominent on the nose. Barossa fruit evident on the front palate. Well balanced, long finish. Surprisingly youthful. Given the mediocre vintage the wine shines. Plenty of life left. Will develop further. Try again in 3-5 yrs.
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