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Professional Ratings: 94 Australian Wine Companion, 92 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 99653
Classic ripe Shiraz that is handpicked from old Shiraz Vines based in the north of the Barossa Valley. The grapes are double-sorted – by bunch and then by grape - on arrival at the winery and, after fermentation, aged in French oak for a year. Purple in color with a round, enveloping taste.
Has abundant black cherry and blackberry fruit with spicy components; good oak and tannin handling; a nice twist of acidity to freshen the finish.
A 90/10 blend of shiraz and cabernet) Inky ruby. Smoky, deep aromas of spicy black and blue fruits, espresso and lively licorice. Chewy bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors are firmed by chunky tannins and given bite by a late mineral quality. Gains power and structure with air but retains sweetness and clarity. This is pretty serious.
Lush in texture, but subtle in flavor, with black olive and meat notes adding interest to the dark berry and licorice flavors, lingering with finesse on the silky finish. Drink now through 2016.