Saint-Joseph, Rhône, France. 12.5%
Dark, dense colour. Aromas of old oak influence and deep fruit, slight smoke and leather.
Superbly rich, concentrated and flavoursome. Lovely liquorice notes. Very enjoyable now but will also age slowly for 5-10 years. Great wine. The Rhône really took the hot 2003 vintage in its stride.
Australia is starting to produce wines towards this style, but needs to get the alcohol and sweetness under control while still using ripe grapes.