From vines over 70 years old, this delightful wine combines sheer size with the finesse of a great red. Powerful flavors of anise, blackberry jam, sweet cassis and dark chocolate cascade over the palate, stunning with richness and intensity. Yet the wine maintains a lilting grace and lightness, not to mention the near-perfect balance for aging.
Nose has beautiful, permeating pine-needle, mocha and meaty aromas. In the mouth it boasts chewy tannins, cassis fruit and slatelike accents. Finishes long; a sexy wine overall, with a beautiful, mouthcoating feel.
Liking it wasn’t an issue for reviewers—we all dug this Barossa, but had a hard time agreeing on its aromas and flavors. Imagine a bright raspberry, licorice, toasted-coconut and nutmeg bouquet coupled with big cherry, raspberry and cream flavors and a licorice-coffee finish…well, go ahead and wake up from your dream now.
A wine that almost always lives up to its lofty expectations, this vintage being no different. Has aromas of pastry crust, blueberry, anise and graham cracker. It’s not as brawny as it is in some vintages but this is still a wine of class and pedigree, with smooth tannins, and lively black and blueberry fruit that lasts through a long finish. Imported by Paterno…
Very powerfully oaked, this old-vine wine opens with aromas of smoke and vanilla, and the beautiful perfume of young new wood. The flavors are oaky, too, but the underlying fruit flavors are so dramatically bold, they handle the wood well. Long in the middle palate and the finish, this wine is stuffed with fruit.
Manages simultaneous youth, energy and classy reserve. On the nose and palate, this Shiraz is a pretty cocktail of chewy plums and mixed berries, with a twist of caramel. Utterly addictive. Drink now–2008.
At first sniff, this seems overly oaky, stuffed with vanilla, cedar and wood spice, but give it a chance. As it sits in the glass, the fruit begins to emerge, and on the palate, there’s ample berry fruit to complement the lavish oak. It’s creamy and richly textured, with a layered, vanilla-like finish. Drink now–2012.
This is not an obviously fruity Shiraz, but it is rich, creamy-textured and individualistic. Scents of café au lait, toffee and milk chocolate add hints of date on the palate, then linger elegantly on the finish. Drink now–2012.