De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Syrah 2004 (review)

88+ points

Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. 14%

Another dark, concentrated, young cool climate Shiraz but more approachable than Paringa Estate. Probably due to less new French oak. Also maybe due to being bottled with cork not screwcap. It’s quite an exciting Northern Rhone style with great intensity, and yet good balance. Also it doesn’t taste like a generic fruit bomb, but rather reflects its terroir, its interesting. The alcohol is in balance while the fruit is fine and ripe and savoury. While not really enjoyable drinking now I expect this wine to gain complexity as well as become more approachable with age. Great promise.

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