Yarra Burn ‘cellar release’ Shiraz 2003

90+ points

Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia. 13.5%

I’m not a fan of the hot 2003 vintage in South Australia, but in some other areas of Australia, like some cooler Victorian areas it has, in the right hands, produced some intense wines. This is quite savoury, rather tight, concentrated shiraz with a fine core of ripe sweet fruit. Restrained oak.

It’s a little hard at the moment but looks like it has good potential.

Some will say this is “Rhône-like” but it isn’t really. I understand what they mean, you have to interpret the statement in in a local Australian context, the wine is different from the softer sweeter more alcoholic oaky style that is more typical in Australia. It is though one of the (many) particular styles of Australia, i.e. no Rhone copy-cat. A wine that reflects its terroir.

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