100% Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Alcohol: 14.7% on their website, 14.5% on my bottle?
about $55 Fry’s (Kroger)
93 points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2008, Platinum award, Best of Class Gold Medal-2008 L.A. International Wine & Spirit Competition.
After 1 hour decanting, the nose was still fairly subdued. Blackberry, black cherry. On the palate very smooth, nice ripe blackberry and black cherry again. I am getting a little tired of the over the top fruit bomb style of Shiraz, I am also getting tired of the massiveness of a lot of Shiraz on the market. By massiveness I mean too much tannin too much oak too much alcohol heat.
Day 2. 24 hours later. Superb. Just a nice smooth extremely well balanced wine. It’s not very complex but it is far more gentle than most of my recent Shiraz experiences. Blackberries, I taste a lot of blackberries. Just to make sure I went into the fridge and ate a couple of blackberries. Affirmative, it’s blackberries. Little bit of oak, no alcohol heat, a tiny bit of earthiness which I like. I don’t like funky in your face earthiness. I like the subtle kind of earthiness that if you breath out through your nose after a big sip, you can detect it.