Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

87+ points

Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia. 13.5%

This is a rather odd wine. It’s opulent, with very sweet French oak. The blend shows – rich chocolate Barossa fruit and then Coonawarra (powerful and exotic). The back label suggests that the Coonawarra portion adds austerity, it certainly doesn’t.

Considerable concentration, its development has been slow (I suspect a good cool cellar played a part), it’s still youthful for its 13 years of age.

I’m quite intrigued by this wine even if it isn’t my sort of claret. I’d like to try it again, perhaps after a few more years.

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