Continuing a tradition of powerful, flavour filled wines, this 2014 Black Shiraz is rich and opulent. It showcases the quality of the vintage with great depth of palate and luscious sophistication. Distinctive Barossa Valley fruit characters are complimented by an elegant lift from vines grown on the high slopes.
The appearance is dark and concentrated with a purplish black core and deep crimson hues on the edge.
The nose is intense with a savory complexity. The initial bouquet has smoked meats and olive tapenade with hints of dark plum, black cherry and mulberry. There is some very sophisticated oak handling showing cedar, spice and toast, finishing with a heady lift of sweet alcohol.
The palate is generous with earthy savory Mediterranean flavours that quickly open to reveal complex layers of sweet black fruit, dry spices and smoky oak. The tannin structure is firm and gripping with a heightened acid lift filling the mid palate which lingers through to a solid dry finish with hints of ground coffee and rich dark chocolate.
A wine of this complexity calls for matching food flavours. Slow cooked lamb shanks, ox tail or beef cheek come immediately to mind with their concentrated sauces and unctuous texture.
Previous vintages of the Black Shiraz are proving to be timeless, gaining richness and further complexity with maturation in cellar. This wine has the hallmarks to continue in the same tradition. It has a sophisticated pedigree and will develop beautifully with age. It needs plenty of breathing after opening and would benefit from decanting. The screw cap closure will prevent any risk of cork taint but it will need cool dark conditions for extended cellaring. It’s a wine that will comfortably survive till the next generation.