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Community Tasting Notes (49) Avg Score: 91.5 points

  • I was lucky enough to buy a case of 12 at auction about 3 years ago at a crazy price having never heard of it (about £20 a bottle). Having tried the first bottle I was determined to buy some more, and managed to acquire 2 more cases at a similar price. It’s still drinking superbly, but if you like tannin, this is not for you as they have resolved almost completely.
    Yes, some people mind find it a high alcohol fruit bomb, but we still love it, and drink it mostly with very good steak.
    It has held up very well indeed but is probably just going slowly past its peak (depending on your taste).
    I would definitely buy some more from a later year if I can find it at a competitive price.

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  • I was absolutely shocked how well it drank. It was velvety red fruit. There was still complex soft tannin's. It was perfect time to drink. If you still have properly stored bottles. Try one.

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  • This is pretty jammy/sweet. It's nice, but just know it's all the very brightest red fruit and berry flavors, and the acidity is helpful. NEW world style 100%.

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  • Dark with a nose of oak, blueberry and plum which translates into similar flavors that have evened out over the years. A delicious well balanced wine that has possibly a year or two to go.

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  • Sometimes these mid-2000s Parker-worship Shiraz bottles are running a little tired and flabby by now- other times they're little dynamos, with so much rich personality and surprising energy. This was one of the latter, thankfully!

    Fantastic, addictive nose of deep, black, lightly baked fruits, plums and blackcurrant, with a dollop of lightly cedary, almost buttery oak, one of the best oak tones of any of these older Shiraz bottles that was almost Napa-like in some ways. Not a complex nose but both powerful and enticing with a good balance between fruit and oak. Obviously there's some prickly alcohol noticeable at 15.5%, but there enough fruit and oak here to make it feel deliberate (feels more like a menthol heat than "jammy".

    Beautiful silken palate with rich black plum and somewhat brighter red fruits on the side. Fair acidity left actually, enough to make it feel drinkable and pretty rather than flabby, in my opinion. The only downside is that the tannins are really on their way out, which makes it feel elegant but sometimes lacking in structure, or grip, and perhaps doesn't bode well for much longer-term aging. A damn good wine and super solid buy at a $35 sale price (would say very worth a purchase up to around $50.) I've had some similar-era big barossa/mclaren wines with even more richness and complexity, but this was still glorious.

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