d'Arenberg Joseph Rowe Osborn Afflatus Shiraz 2010
The naming of all these wines is pure Chester Osborn, and is explained at length on the website. The 102-year-old vines were planted by tee-totaller Joseph Rowe Osborn in the Beautiful View sub-region on sandy loam over clay. The bouquet is distinctly savory, with earth, spice and dark olive nuances, the palate multi-dimensional thanks to 3D tannins, yet finishing fresh and harmonious.
Hard-edged, with rocklike tannins around an aromatic core of black currant and licorice flavors, persisting impressively as the finish opens up.
Opaque ruby. Musky dark berry and cherry pit aromas are complemented by notes of candied licorice and violet. Offers sweet cassis and cherry-cola flavors that are firmed and lifted by tangy acidity. Fine-grained tannins give grip to a long, spicy and subtly sweet finish. This youthful wine deserves patience.
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 J.R.O. Afflatus Single Vineyard Shiraz presents aromas of crushed cassis and wild blueberries with underlying cedar, yeast extract and Provencal herb nuances. Medium to full-bodied, it is very youthful and tightly knit in the mouth with a firm backbone of chewy tannins, medium to high acid and a long finish.