Heathcote, Victoria. 15.5%
Disappointing for one of Australia’s top wines at 12 years old.
Very soft, lacks tannin. Sweet and alcoholic. Has some flavour but there are other commercial wines from Heathcote which are similar and far cheaper.
Margaret River, Western Australia. 14%
I wasn’t so impressed when I first tried this 6 months or so ago. It seemed hotter climate wine than I expected. But on this tasting the florality is there. It’s a rich well-balanced wine that could be a great fine wine after a decade in the cellar.
Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.5%
Lacks freshness and vinosity. Probably a pretty good effort given the hot vintage. Drink now.
I read a review that said this was very ready to drink. It is but it isn’t frail it’s pretty extracted with a fair whack of tannin and green and ripe notes mixed together. It’s not very attractive, it’s savoury and hard with annoying notes of alcohol and volatile acidity.
This will never be charming or elegant.
It’s a souped up minor wine.