Tyrrell’s new flagship Shiraz, the DB24 was matured in two sets of new oak barrels for a total of 24 months, yet remarkably isn’t overoaked. Instead, it offers luscious aromas of blackberries and vanilla but also intriguing soy and grilled meat notes. It’s full-bodied and densely packed, like a coiled spring that needs some time to relax. Finishes with firm…
A lush Pinot, the Vat 6 smolders with mixed cherry and steeped tea flavors; the wood that shows on the medium-long finish is also smoky, and tastes more like hickory than oak. Has smooth, gummy tannins and spicy cumin and ginger aromas. Drink this with a duck dish—any duck dish.
The nose on this wine is still very tight, showing only earth. However, the flavors explode with bright Bing cherries and spicy cedar. Mouthfeel is lush and velvety, leading to a lingering finish. A wine made to enjoy now, but will last another 5-7 years.
A very nice wine that’s zesty and fresh in the mouth, and deep gold in color, the Vat 47 offers bright yellow fruit flavors, with light vanilla, toast and citrus accents. Nose is alternately perfumey and toasty. Tasted twice.
This Chardonnay takes a little while to unfold in the glass, but when it does, fresh vanilla bean and cream aromas emerge. More of the same follows through on the palate, where there’s also some almond and fresh white peach flavors. Zips shut with a burst of lemon. Suave, and will only improve with age. Imported by Pasternak Wine Imports.
Smells pretty—elegant dried- spice aromas mingle with cedar, plum and anise. Turns darker and earthier in the mouth, slowly revealing flavors of blackberry, earth and coffee. A hint of citrus marks the warm finish.
The pear, apple and herb aromas and flavors here are almost swamped by the spicy oak. Bright acidity and the powerful wood presence give the wine a rather lean cast, but this ship rights itself, and keeps its balance nicely in the end. The lively finish and overall tangy personality will pair well with grilled shellfish or broiled seafood.