This plum purpled colour Coonawarra Shiraz features blue fruits, violets and cracked black pepper on the nose. It also has hints of fresh mulberries, wild white strawberries and boysenberries to compliment a darker panforte nuance. Just baked panettone with vanilla cream adds a sweet allure. Savoury aromas manifest as roast beef with horseradish, paprika, Moroccan spices with a hint of struck match and pencil shavings.
The palate is is medium-weight, relative to the likes of the warm climate Bin 28 shiraz. The blue fruits noted on the nose are quite apparent on the flavour profile. However, the wine is orientated towards the savoury end of the spectrum. Cured meats, pepper, olives and paprika flavours vying for attention. On further inspection, almond kernels and cardamom add to the allure. The tannins are silken, finely woven around the fruit. The acid line is as neat as a pin. Everything is in the right place, a lovely wine now with decades of potential for those who can wait.
94 – Vintage wines
“A wine that flows easily, unrestrained, boasting flavours of blackberry, blueberry, char, cracked pepper, earthy, grainy tannins, and elevating mint nuances. Brightly fruited, energetic, ready to drink now, but with qualities that would encourage cellaring for 5 to 10 years.”