Stylized and excellent Shiraz. Briar and chili powder aromas are subtle; the wine is broad on the palate, with flavors of plum, raspberry and vanilla bean. Tannins are soft and approachable at first, but feel thick and wooly by the time you reach for a second glass. 1,000 cases produced. Imported by Diageo Chateau & Estates.
This wine poses an interesting contrast to the regular bottling, as it’s lower in alcohol and also tighter and more structured. Meat and savory notes are layered over tart berry flavors, finishing on a crisp note. This may age longer than Archetype’s regular 2005 Shiraz, but will it ever provide as much pleasure?