Australian Syrah/Shiraz Night

Singapore, Marina Bay

Tasted November 19, 2019 by GQG with 67 views

Introduction

When in Singapore, I always search out good Australian wine. This trip I happened to connect with a local bank executive who has been selling off some of his personal collection, a perfect opportunity to try a few nice bottles with some age.

Flight 1 (3 notes)

Red
2006 Clarendon Hills Syrah Hickinbotham Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon
93 points
Intense smooth, ripe, dark fruit coupled with tar, smoke, tobacco, and a backbone with grip that doesn't overpower. There's a sense of heaviness though that more focus and purity of fruit would have dispelled. Otherwise, years left for this delicious wine to continue its development.
Red
2016 The Standish Wine Company Shiraz The Standish Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
95 points
The youngster of the three wines tasted, and its primary exuberance was contagious. Rich and dark purple core fruit with amazing freshness leads the intense fruit through mid-palate expansion and delivers a lengthy and spicy finish. Fantastic now with a few hours of decanting. This is a wine to follow in the years to come. 95+
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Red
2002 Torbreck RunRig Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
96 points
This Barossa was the WOTN. Compared with the 2006 Clarendon Hills Syrah Hickinbotham, this had a light and effortless delivery of intensity. Needs a few hours in the decanter to really hit its stride, and once it does, all that Barossa goodness rolls out in a fully integrated and focused way. Soft and elegant, with mouth-filling blueberry, plum, and dark berries accented with a meaty smoke and spicy finish that goes on and on.
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