Red

2005 Virgin Hills

Red Blend

  • Australia
  • Victoria
  • Port Phillip
  • Macedon Ranges
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • Milliontown wrote: 91 points

    June 27, 2020 - Lots going on here, explosive bright red fruits jumping out, raspberry compote, black currant, cassis, bay leaf, bit of oak spice, something sweaty in the background. Juicy palate, quite high in acid, but also a mean thread of chewy tannin balancing the structure. Powerful fruit profile here, driving out considerable length. Some secondary characters (port candy, earthy/leather notes) starting to creep in. The acidity is borderline too much at times... really zingy. Otherwise I think this is in a good spot now as there’s still some lively primary fruit on balance.

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  • graemeg wrote:

    June 3, 2020 - {screwcap, 13%} Different provenance but very similar to February’s bottle. Sweet aged fruits, compost, jam, soft dusty tannins, medium acidity. Enjoyable wine still, but certainly peaky, with trembling hints of volatility. A bit drying on the finish; although it’s pleasant it’s not all that complex; the fruit has faded relative to the more boney elements of the structure. Ah, well. Very nice to throw back as a mid-week drinker, especially considering the ambitions once held for the label.

  • graemeg wrote:

    February 3, 2020 - NobleRottersSydney - 2005 Oz reds (360 Bar & Dining, Sydney): {screwcap, 13%} [Graeme] Looks its age, with a hint of brick at the rim. Floral blackberry and leather nose, sweet-tinged. An acid-driven wine, with composting red fruit flavours with spice at full maturity, little oak, low/medium chalky tannins, resolving to an even palate and a medium length finish which showcases the sweetness of age as it sits. Lovely and pretty to drink, but just a little bit on the simple side. Might hold a while too.

  • rmarkey Likes this wine: 95 points

    February 22, 2019 - Excellent, superb wine. 13% alc.
    Colour:red berry, garnet
    Bouquet: developed aged nose, left herbs, sweet peppers and currants, cigar box, a little jammy
    Palate: lovely developed fruit, dusty fine grain tannins, currants, cherries, dark fruits, medium-bodied, nice long finish. So elegant.
    February 2018

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  • graemeg wrote:

    February 21, 2019 - {screwcap, 13%} Garnet/bricking colour. Looks right. Lovely aged nose, of slightly leafy herbs and curranty cigar box. But, it has a really sweet jammy overtone to it, I must say. Sweet compost. The palate is quite advanced, with medium prickly/spritzy acid, and fine low level dusty tannins. Still, it does seem undeniably sweet, sugar sweet. It's medium-bodied, fairly even on the palate, although there's a bit of a mid-palate hole for me; needs more shiraz! Medium length finish, but it does rather cloy somewhat. Nothing to be gained from further cellaring, but no hurry to drink either. Climate change would have done wonders for Virgin Hills if it still had the same owners as 30 years ago...

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  • By James Halliday
    11/11/2010 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Virgin Hills
  • Varietal Red Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region Victoria
  • SubRegion Port Phillip
  • Appellation Macedon Ranges
  • UPC Code 089832333807

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  • In Cellars 40 (45%)
  • Consumed 48 (55%)

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