Petaluma 1999 Coonawarra

86-91 points (depending on the bottle).

Coonawarra, South Australia. 13.5%. cork. 60:40 Cab Merlot blend.

At its best this wine is marked by sweet coffee oak well matched to the concentrated fruit in a big style. Somewhat Opus One like.

But many bottles simply don’t sing, the definition is lost, as is much of the fruit and oak sweetness. Which makes the touch of eucalypt on the finish quite jarring.

I blame the corks.

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