Chateau Poujeaux 1996

90 points

Moulis, Bordeaux. 12.5%

A good bottle. Not the most profound Bordeaux but this bottle has aged character with some freshness, even a hint of new oak lurking far in the background. Savoury, food friendly though not particularly concentrated.

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Tyrrells Vat 9 Shiraz 1999

91 points

Hunter Valley. 12.8%

Gorgeous complex aromas of leather and tiny trace of brett.

Savoury sweet med bodied palate. Soft tannin. Surprisingly spritzig which requires shaking off.

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Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2004

90++ points

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!

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Craggy Range Le Sol shiraz 2007

90+ points

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.

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