Hunter Valley. 10%
Fantastic acidity. This is just starting to mellow and develop some of the complexity that comes with age. Enjoyable yet I regret opening now.
Hunter Valley,NSW, Australia. 12.5%
Concentrated wine with youthful acidity and oak. On a frame of only 12.5% alcohol – a long way from being a syrupy blockbuster. Tremendous potential.
Savoury complex shiraz without the floral aspects of cool climate shiraz nor any of the pruney aspects of warm climate shiraz. Like Hermitage in a good year!
Craggy Range, Hawkes Bay, NZ. 14%
Quite a sophisticated show pony. Well judged expensive oak frames silky cool climate shiraz. It’s good.
I just fear that it seems to lack character. Perhaps with age?
And I find the price a bit disconcerting. This is exciting cool climate shiraz but it has a number of Australian competitors now. It stands out for sophistication but some of its competitors have pedigree, distinctiveness, regional character and/or price advantages.