In a style that nods more to Bordeaux than the New World, the cassis, tobacco and herb bouquet shows class and style. Displays fine balance and good acidity, which supports the ripe black-currant fruit, cedar and peppery notes. It’s structured rather than plush, and finishes long, dry and toasty. Drinkable now, it should improve further with a few years’ aging.
A very good wine, though not a very fleshy one. It’s medium-weight, with plum skin and tea accents on the palate, and a nose that takes a little while to open. There’s a fair amount of oak here as well—if that bothers you, look elsewhere.
This oaky, opaque Shiraz from the new GI (appellation) of Geopgraphe in Western Australia offers pepper, root-beer, even candy-bar aromas. Medium-weight, it has nice palate texture and good acidity to support the black fruit, caramel and pepper. Powdery tannins, pepper and oak flavors close it nicely. Drink now through 2007. It may open to show more fruit in a year…
With its high-toned, herbal and toasty style that sets it apart from the crowd, this distinctive Chardonnay may not be to everyone’s taste. Shows lots of oak and powdered dry spices on the finish to accent the custardy-lemony fruit. Should age well and might surprise you in five years.
From a newly delimited region in Western Australia, this odd but likable blend offers aromas of hot candle wax, quince and pickled jalapeño peppers. Some pear fruit complements the spicy pepper notes. Finishes crisp.