Bitter un-salted olive flavour. I hope this fades and some fruit sweetness emerges with age. But that seems optimistic.
Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. 13%
Perfectly correct left-bank claret. Showing the quality of the vintage but still in a restrained (the house) style. Quite a degree of youthful acidity – the wine needs breathing if you are going to drink it now, this is not one of the opulent 2009s.
Great future in front of it. Best from 2025.
Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.5%
Surprising touch of mercaptan aroma.
A close knit Barossa shiraz that has only recently started to mellow. Nice balance, not overtly sweet like some, or too dolled up with added acid and Am oak like some.
That said while it’s quite correct it isn’t that exciting. For the price and vintage I had hopes of something a bit more interesting.
87?++ points. 14%
This has been given very high scores by wine critics who are far more accustomed to drinking young intense wines.
For me, it smells of shiraz. It tastes tight and quite tannic. No Barossa lusciousness yet. French oak. All very correct. No glimpse of soul or terroir yet.
Leave for 10 years at least.