Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz 1998

88 points

Clare Valley, South Australia. 14%

I’m not giving this a high mark given its age.  It features rather classic (‘old school’) aromas of grease-paint which are due to rather heavy handed addition of tartaric acid.  There is a nice core of sweet fruit, but it mingles with a bit of oxidation and that tartaric acid to create a slight tomato sauce flavour.

This won the Stodart Trophy which is awarded at teh Brisbane Show for best one year old red.  Yet oddly doesn’t fetch high prices at auction.  It appears that the market knows that this was a wine that showed exceptionally well at 1 year old.

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