Hermitage, Northern Rhône, France. 13%
A really beautiful wine. Warm consistent palate, leather and oak, with a touch of green that adds complexity. Few Australian wine drinkers could image that a touch of green could be good in shiraz. There is a bit of VA on the finish, and some indications of age, yet it’s a firm dark colour and easy to imagine it could live for a long while. Personally I’d recomend drinking now and over the next 5 years.
In weight and style it reminded me a bit of some better Hunter shiraz, which in turn reminded me what bargains these can be. This wine was not expensive for Hermitage, I wish I had room in my luggage to take some bottles back to Australia.