Smoky and meaty, this is aggressively savory in style, but really evolves with air to show a gentler, raspberry-fruited side accented by dried spices. It’s medium- to full- bodied, with a slightly creamy texture and silky, mouthwatering finish. Terrific cool-climate Shiraz.
A crisp medium-bodied Cab with good varietal definition, Strathewen Hill’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts slightly minty cassis-inflected fruit, vanilla and chocolate notes and a smooth mouthfeel. Supple tannins on the finish suggest this will age well through 2012 or so.
Pretty robust in style for Merlot, with the ripe black-cherry fruit framed by plenty of structure. There’s a minty or resiny note to the aromas and flavors, which imparts a slightly medicinal edge to the prolonged finish. Drink now–2012, possibly beyond.