Australian Icons Shiraz tasting & dinner

Marche Bacchus

Tasted February 23, 2006 by pgm with 641 views


Well done tasting at Marche Bacchus. The wines were served with small courses featuring kangaroo and alligator, which were both entertaining and tasty.
The wines were decanted and poured in advance of the seating, but they were not served blind. Votes were taken from the group for the top three only.

Flight 1 (1 note)

2001 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command Australia, South Australia, Barossa
93 points
Dense nose, with chocolate, spice, and hint of tar and black pepper. Lithe but powerful flavors of cherry, plum, and blackberry with brown spices that linger on the finish. This wine, the only one of the evening that I'd previously tasted, was not as remarkable as I remember. Could well be that it was sitting next to the likes of of Astralis, RunRig, and Grange. I remember the previous bottle as more boisterous and floral, but this is still an wonderful wine. Tonight, 93-94, and my #4 of six.

Flight 2 (1 note)

2003 Marquis Philips Shiraz Integrity Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
91 points
More black pepper given on the nose than any other wine I can remember. As a result, this wine was subject to the most divergent opinions (and some harsh criticism). Despite its controversy, it was not the most discussed, because even for those who enjoyed it (e.g., me) it was far from the best at the table. The nose also carried cassis and oak, the mouth was thick with blackberries and more black pepper. Nicely done wine to my taste. 91, my #5 of six.

Flight 3 (1 note)

2001 Andrew Hardy Shiraz Ox Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
94 points
The least inky and extracted of the wines tonight. Apart from the Astralis, perhaps, this is the most elegant wine of the night. The nose has a distinctive and delightful note of sour cherry (which shows up again in the mouth), along with toffee, violets, anise, and pepper. Following up are flavors of black fruits and licorice, the tannins provide ample structure but are otherwise unobtrusive, and the fruits linger nicely in the finish. I was happy to buy the last bottle in stock and take it home. 94, my #3 of six.

Flight 4 (1 note)

2002 Torbreck RunRig Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
95 points
Dense, complex nose showcasing blackberry with mints, spices, and flowers. In the mouth it is big and a little more straightforward: black fruits, with notes of chocolate and pepper. Very very exciting wine, but still doesn't seem to be revealing everything it has in store. 95, my #2 of six (also the group's #2).

Flight 5 (1 note)

2002 Clarendon Hills Astralis Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon
97 points
Huge, beautiful floral nose, with chocolate, brown spices, and berries, with particular notes of raspberry. This is a wine you can enjoy immensely without drinking it (unfortunately, you still have to uncork it). And in the mouth, extremely juicy wine with blackberries, black pepper, and sweet spices, just as wonderful as the nose. This wine is one of the greatest I've ever enjoyed. This wine thrilled the whole party. 97-98, my #1 of six (also the group's #1).

Flight 6 (1 note)

1999 Penfolds Grange Australia, South Australia
91 points
This wine was, unfortunately, closed on the nose, faintly floral and a little brown sugar from the oak. It had very fine but shy fruit and oak flavors. Despite the long decanting in advance of the tasting, this wine is just not ready. I'll love to give it another chance in five to ten years. Little doubt this wine will be much greater, but tonight it was, for me, scored at 91, my #6 of six (but the group voted it #3).
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