Brown’s of Padthaway Ernest (family reserve) Shiraz 1998 (review)

91 points

Padthaway, South Australia. 14.5%

Deep dark red. Rich spicy aromas. Incredibly rich, ripe, lucious wine. Cooler climate shiraz with the creaminess of a top Barossa. Intense flavour.

In its youth this wine was impressive but marred by heavy oak. At 7 years of age the oak is integrated (which surprised me). A powerful, if a tad straightforward, wine.

An absolute bargain when it was released. Doubly so now. With some development potential ahead of it.

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