Padthaway, South Australia. 15%.
A fabulous full-throttle cooler climate Shiraz, from a stellar vintage. Very very impressive. Possibly even more intense than the 1998.
Shiny dark red. Very deep aromas, some savoury, some sweet; very ripe, but not porty. Fabulous depth of shiraz flavour, very long. A huge lucious wine with great intensity. The (American and French) oak is substantial but not over powering.
It’s young, there are some disjointed aspects, but pleasing complexity too. Great potential.
An absolute bargain – A$17, US$13, 10 Euro, 7 GBP.
3 years later, November 2008 – I think my tastes have changed, or this wine has not developed as expected. It’s big and sweet with a green seam. 86 points.