More than good wine from Aussie land , this is Probably the style that Aussie should pursue for all their wines. Naturally ripe , reasonably Oaked , allowing more than just ripe sugars and big alc showing through. This is classy eucalyptus, roasted green capsicums, mint leaves lifted , tobacco cigar enclosed subtle blue berries, currants and classic structure.
Rainy Afternoon Drinks (Straits Wine, Rail Mall): I liked this quite a bit - it was my favourite out of the trio we had, just shading a very decent little Rioja. With very expressive notes of capsicums and tobacco along with sweet cassis and berries, it had a nose that married new world ripeness with some very old-worldly inflections. I could say the same thing of the palate as well. There was a rich, sunny sweetness to its fleshy notes of ripe cherries and ripe berries that made it immediately attractive, but these were also accompanied by subtle nuances of smoke and tobacco, along with a fine structure of supple tannins and balancing acidity that led the wine into a nicely minerally tail with just the littlest hint of mint. Not exactly Bordeaux, but it certainly had classic lines under its fleshy fruit. A very complete wine actually, nicely put together with good bones for aging, yet very drinkable in its relatively youth. This was very enjoyable. It will be interesting to taste this in another 5-6 years.
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