BOOOOOM, there it goes. What an amazing bottle of purity, essence and flavor. Black/inky purple in the glass, I knew this was going to be good. An incredible nose of dark fruit and vanilla made me want to just sit and sniff, for hours. On the initial attack there is a wave of flavors, complexity at the maximum. Blueberry, blackberry, cloves and cassis all swirled around at different times. Multi-dimensional and layered with mouth coating tannins the likes of which I have not tasted ever before. Extremely smooth and inviting, this wine has perhaps one of the finest mouthfeels of any wine I have tasted. Balanced to within an inch of its life, this Barossa Shiraz has everything, for everyone. It will drink beautifully right now, yet has the aging capacity to cellar for another 15 years, evolving no doubt. It already displays smoothness, drinkability and a huge amount of complexity without heat, rough tannins or overt acidity. Unlike many Aussie ‘fruit bomb’ Shiraz’s, this one doesn’t overwhelm with the fruit, but relies on subtleness to deliver the K/O. For about $55 this is a 5 star wine only because I can’t give 6. Technically speaking, I would go with 96 points or even higher.
As a side note, I drank this with grilled squid salad followed by Lamb Chops and asparagus, all fired on the grill and the combination was magic.
If you are looking for a ‘reasonable’ awesome wine for a special occasion, look no further. This one will seduce the unwitting, impress the snobbish and provide you with an ethereal experience. Salut….