Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia. 12.8%
One bottle was partially oxidised. This review is of the 2nd. Both had crumbly corks but the better bottle had better fill.
Warm, deep red flavours, quite a lot of fruit sweetness. Smooth and rich but not cloying. Food friendly.
A bit more spice, even a touch of greeness would have really made thus wine. But then I can hardly accuse them of picking too ripe at a mere 12.8%. Fascinating wine.
Might have lived another decade under screwcap.
Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14%
Not as exciting as the 2006 by a long shot. Warm bordering on over-ripe fruit balanced by hefty added acid.
Margaret River, Western Australia. 14.5%
This is a very good wine but I’m marking it down a few points because it’s just a bit to showy. The oak is obtrusive, dry and a bit raspy. And the alcohol is too high. I know it is young but I have major doubts that this will properly knit together, at least into something fine.
So breathe the wine now and enjoy it young as a showy wine. Nice flavours even if it lacks mid palate density.
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.
South Australia. 13.5%
This is a pretty lovely Grange. Signature flavours.
It’s quite restrained although still an oaky warm climate wine. Complex characterful with lots of life in it. Drink now or over next decade.
Coonawarra, South Australia. 12.5%
The alcohol level may be modest but this is a robust red. And there is obvious, though well handled, added acidity – so this wasn’t picked early.
It’s in that oaky Penfolds sort of style.
Shiraz Cabernet can be a delicious blend, as this wine shows. More should be made.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia. 14%
Gosh. This is so like a Northern Rhone, a Cote-Rotie, without the sinew or tannin of a Hermitage. Quite beautiful and floral.
I’m not good at judging young cool climate shiraz. In fact I don’t usually like it while it has this flush of youthful, floral fruit. But this is good after a good breathing.
Worth watching over the next decade or so.