Laughing Jack shiraz 2003

86 points

Barossa Valley, 14.5%

Dark with crimson flashes. Young, no sign of age, but with some rather classic shiraz aromas – the sort that usually take some years to develop. Quite fresh with not quite integrated (added) acidity. Bold, very primary, simple flavour.

This wine does nothing to shake my predjudice against the hot 2003 vintage. Well made, like this, it can deliver wines that are quite impressive dark and concentrated if lacking complexity, but I don’t see these making old, or interesting, wines.

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