Earthy Barossa elements abound on the palate in this bright canary red Barossa Valley shiraz grenache mataro. The nose of the 2017 vintage is comfortably embedded in the savoury spectrum with scents of charcuterie cold meats and a balsamic reduction, while fresh fruits elude with air.
It has a hint of savoury red meats and a deconstructed Massaman Thai Curry accompaniment – direct from the recipe book: cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise, cumin, bay leaf and nutmeg. All three varieties carry their weight, all three generously add to the mix.
Last tasted in June 2019, this is likely to hit peak drinking between now and 2028.
92 – James Halliday
“…matured in French and American oak. Very much in line with prior vintages. Penfolds’ richness and depth. Needs some time to loosen up.”