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Professional Ratings: 99 The Wine Advocate, 96 Wine Enthusiast, 96 International Wine Cellar, 94 Wine Spectator
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 13.3%
Item no. 92925
Deep in color, this youthful elemental wine shows a miraculous overlapping of aromas and flavors. The regional characters of both Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley are finely poised. The highly perfumed chamomile/violet/mocha aromas, immense concentration, savory flavors and classically structured palate are in superb balance. This beautifully defined cross-regional/varietal with its meaty nuances and fine-grained tannins will continue to evolve in the cellar for decades.
The release of the 2004 Bin 60A following the epic 1962 Bin 60A is old news now, but the wine was looking very fine indeed when I tasted it so I thought I’d add a note. Blended of 56% Coonawarra Cabernet from Block 20 and 44% Barossa Shiraz from Koonunga Hill Block 56G and Kalimna Blocks 4 and 14, the wine was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 13 months. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers restrained notes of game, smoked meat, earth, blackberry and black currant liqueurs, yeast, marmite-toast plus whiffs of dried lavender, cedar and bark. Very crisp, very tight and very firm, this taut medium-bodied wine is still all structure at this stage, going very long and earthy in the finish. Give it time and consider broaching it from 2014. It should drink well into the 2030s if not beyond.
There are approximately 1,000 cases of this wine, which blends 56% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon with 44% Barossa Shiraz into a stunning combination of cassis and blackberries. Lifted bits of flowers on the nose resemble fine teas and dried herbs, adding the requisite complexity, while the mouthfeel artfully balances the weight of Shiraz with the structure of Cabernet. Mouthwatering and long, with fine, dusty tannins that bode well for aging. Drink 2014–2030.
Violet color. Cherry, blackberry and sexy oak spices on the nose, with a suave smoky tone adding complexity. Very sweet and sappy, with fat but juicy flavors of cherry preserves, ripe plum and baking spices. This has great flavor extract and richness but it's not thick or viscous. A wine of great structure, depth and length finishing on a sweetly spicy note of new American oak. This clocks in at only 13.3% alcohol and proves that a wine does not need head-spinning alcohol or ultraripeness to accomplish flavor impact. The only previous bottling under this bin number was the 1962.
Rich in flavor and supple in texture, a seamless stream of toasty blackberry, bay leaf, cherry and licorice flavors, wrapped in spicy oak. Has tremendous depth but keeps it elegant. Finishes long and lithe. Best after 2010.