A hugely oaky wine, but one that manages to taste awfully good nonetheless, with layers of vanilla and toast leading into a full-bodied, supple wine loaded with notes of maple syrup and brown sugar. Drink now.
Licorice, berry and mocha cream are major elements in the seductive bouquet. Creamy, concentrated fruit, leather and black pepper on the palate ride the extracted but not too syrupy mouthfeel. This is a rich Aussie Shiraz with dense fruit and lots of oak—but also enough spine to keep its balance.
Dark and young, it impresses for sheer power. In its youth, it’s packed with precocious aromas and flavors of sappy blackberry jam framed in oak, and with a hefty dose of tannins. This young, juicy wine needs time to soften and collect itself, but if the lengthy, elaborate finish is any indication, it will age just fine. Editors’ Choice.
At seven years of age, this is a reasonably complex wine, well suited to pair with roasts. The ample oak is integrated with the fruit, yielding a mélange of nuances that include grilled meat, cedar, vanilla, dried spices, coffee, black olives, blackberries and tar. Drink now–2015.
Blackberry, herb, tobacco and a menthol note mark the nose of this full but not heavy red. The fruit is ripe, sweet and unburdened by excess oak. The long, juicy cherry and licorice finish sports no hard tannins. Lovely for drinking now.
Opening with an attractive buttery, leesy, toasty oak nose, this Chardonnay shows good fruit complexity, blending stone fruits, citrus and melon flavors against an appealing mineral-chalk element. Good mouthfeel and a lengthy finish complete the package.
Dense, with plum-prune, coffee and chocolate aromas, this wine offers very ripe dark-fruit flavors accented by tobacco and cedar shadings. The mouthfeel is big, but very easy, even soft; with a little more spine-acidity and tannins-this wine could merit a higher score. Still, it's a very pleasing and promising first offering.
Dense and purple, with mocha, chocolate and black fruit all mixing nicely on the nose. The mouth is full and corpulent, like Aussie Shiraz should be. And on the finish there’s the essence of wood spice and vanilla, with some length. Really balanced and delivers a lot in proper proportions. —M.S.