This is the third release of the Peter Jorgensen Show Reserve Epiphany Shiraz and is another outstanding example of Barossa Shiraz from premium old vineyards combined with skillful hand crafted winemaking. Complex and powerful, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The colour is deep inky red / black through the core with dark amethyst and violet hues glimmering on the rim.
The bouquet is powerfully intense with fleshy dark plum and rhubarb fruit at the fore giving way to smoky bacon and rich earthy characters. The alcohol is apparent but nicely balanced adding a lift to the subtle aromas of fine oak and delicate spice.
The opening is soft but intense with clean, ripe dark berry fruits while the middle palate explodes with flavour, a combination of black fruit, subtle oak notes, vanilla and licorice spice with sweet alcohol that lingers all through the back palate finishing with firm but nicely integrated fine tannins and a long savoury finish. This wine is a sensual feast that lingers in anticipation of the next sip.
A wine of this caliber is an experience unto itself. It will be at home with fine dining or simply pour a generous serve into a tall, wide bowled glass, allow it to breathe for 20 minutes and indulge in an organoleptic feast for the senses. Try it with a starter of Foie Gras on water crackers followed by rare roast lamb with seeded mustard, steamed asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes.
This is a powerful wine with enormous aging potential. It’s had an excellent oak regime, careful cellar maturation before release and will continue to develop in bottle for the next decade or more. A wine with this complexity will be opened to celebrate wonderful occasions for many years.
The “Epiphany” label is reserved for premium wines produced in seasons that display particular fruit qualities prior to harvest. At the core of all Epiphany Shiraz is premium vineyard management and minimal intervention winemaking. The resulting wines are limited quantity batches of natural wines with minimal filtration or additives. Epiphany will take time to evolve allowing all elements to become integrated. This aging process will continue in bottle and, as a result, it may develop a light crust over time. We recommend this wine breathe for 60 minutes prior to consuming.