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Community Tasting Notes (34) Avg Score: 91 points

  • yea well, I guess this is a well made, clean and true to form kinda wine, but oh so boring. Excitement factor zero.
    Hang on for another decade and hope for a miracle.

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  • NobleRottersSydney - 1996 night (360 Bar & Dining, Sydney): {cork, 14%} {Greg} Decanted at table. Rich, developing nose of dark blackberry fruits, plums; it really is intense with a real red depth to it. The palate is gorgeous; intense, alive with structural dusty tannins and medium/high acid; it doesn’t miss the oak at all, such is the tightly-bound purity of the red shiraz fruit, walking a perfect line between sweet and savoury. It’s not without a tobacco-like hint of age either. Medium-bodied, maybe just a little more, but I thinks that’s subjectively because it all hangs together so beautifully. Best example of this wine I’ve had so far, and on this tasting, has years ahead of it still.

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  • jammy black fruit cherry voer berry, vanilla, chocolate. Slight mustiness, quite, thick and dense black fruit, very slight Ribena, plain chocolate, talc textured tannins that are drying but doesn't dominate the fruit. Long. Fleshy with being too juicy. Very good.

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  • {cork 14%} Garnet with a touch of brick. Surprisingly reticent nose, although it opened up with time. A longer decant would probably have helped; this was done just prior to drinking. The bouquet is prettily floral, with a little spice. The 'little oak' has rarely been so obvious as here. The palate is just medium-bodied, with soft red fruits and only some development evident. Doesn't really seem twenty I must say. But fairly low key, despite the even balance on the palate. Gentle low level tannins, medium acid. Only a medium length finish. Part of me suspects this needs another decade to truly shine. Another part of me is ever-so-slightly disappointed.

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  • Way past its best. I suspect poorly cellared by others. Dry cork, dirty nose, brown colour out of the bottle, dull and lifeless in the decanter, good mouth feel but no fruit, slight tannins suggesting firmness and structure.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2000, IWC Issue #91, (See more on Vinous...)

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