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Community Tasting Notes (73) Avg Score: 90.5 points

  • Notes after following for about 6 hours open, in which time the wine changed very little in the glass. Profound blackberry and cassis liqueur for the bouquet. Very generous, high-energy and high alcohol palate. Deep, brooding flavor that tastes like it was just bottled yesterday. I have to conclude that due to the screwcap closure, this has not budged even a smidgen along the aging scale. This could probably cellar for another 10 years before it actually drinks like a mature wine. At the moment, it still comes across as a stereotypical Oz fruit and alcohol bomb that was just bottled. Hold until 2018, at least. 4+12+16+9= 91, expressing a lot of faith in its future.

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  • Blackberry liquor, black pepper and a touch of exotic spices on the nose and following through on the palate. Decanted 2 hours and drank over another 2. Kept improving with air. Far better than the bottle I tried a couple years ago. Nice surprise.

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  • Black fruit and spice on the nose, on P&P kind of drying on the palate, but that blew off withing 30 minutes and prominent dark fruit and a hint of chocolate came forward. This was my only bottle and probably could have aged a few more years.

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  • This gets better every tasting now down to one bottle...the sour flavored are dulling and the wine is becoming well integrated

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  • Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep ruby color, with narrow garnet rims and legs.
    Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity of black fruit of blackcurrant, bilberry and blackberry, pungent spice of licorice, oak notes of vanilla, kernel notes of mocha, sweet spice of clove, animal notes of leather, maturity notes of savory. The wine is still developing.
    Palate: Dry, with medium acidity and high tannin of ripe and a bit dusty on texture, the wine has medium (+) alcohol and full body, demonstrating medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as blackcurrant, blackberry and bilberry, oak notes of vanilla, pungent spice of licorice, kernel notes of mocha. The wine has a medium (+) finish.
    Conclusion: Very good quality Australian Shiraz with the typical varietal ripeness of the country, but at the same time showing the finesse, the wine has an intense nose of complex characters, while on the palate it is rich, ripe but without many of the country’s heady alcohol, with everything in balance, having concentrated flavors and long finish. It is ready to drink now and can maintain for another 2-3 years.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151, (See more on Vinous...)

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