Somewhat hazy (unfiltered?) but a very opaque shade of ruby in the glass with medium legs and slight staining on the walls. The nose is intense with gorgeous aromas of blueberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, menthol, elderberry, coffee bean and chocolate powder. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium (+) tannins. Really ripe flavors of black cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant and elderberry meld beautifully with the menthol and coffee notes. Rich and full bodied this is a delicious wine that only rings in at 13.6% ABV, surprising to me. The tannic structure is excellent, giving a nice and silky dryness to the mouthfeel while fading gently as the fruit continues to roll on to a long finish. This is an outstanding Shiraz if you like them big and bold, which suits me fine for the Lamb chops I am grilling to pair with. I would say this one has some cellaring capacity but is drinking beautifully now and will last until 2028. 92 points from me for this $17 wine makes it a hard to beat 5 star effort. Salut….
Sam Plunkett Forest Hut Vineyard Shiraz 2019, Pyrenees, Australia
06 Friday Jan 2023