The appearance is deep inky magenta /black with dense purple hues on the rim and long, viscous alcohol legs.
The initial bouquet is full of complex savoury aromas like a gourmet deli. It reveals smoky bacon, cured meats and the earthy touch of olive tapenade and herb pesto. The alcohol is obvious but tightly integrated with subtle vanilla oak and raspberry framboise. The surprise is how it continues to evolve in the glass revealing hints of anise and licorice spice … delightfully sophisticated.
The journey continues on the palate with the entry showing subdued hints of ripe berries followed by powerful grainy tannins that make a bold flavour statement that progressively unfolds as the wine warms on the tongue. Coffee and cocoa take up the extra dimension of smoked game and earthy spice. Despite the intensity and weight of this wine, it has elegance and restrained power that invites sip after sip. Like a captivating novel it has charm and charisma that is intensely captivating.
The wonderful savoury characters of this Shiraz are ideally matched to rare roast lamb, teppanyaki grilled wagyu beef wrapped around crunchy alfalfa sprouts or spicy beef Vindaloo.
The characteristics of this wine are reminiscent of the “Hermitage” wines of southern France. It is complex and sophisticated. Whether you wait a decade or enjoy it immediately, it will deliver a sumptuous surprise with every glass. It captures the best of the Barossa with more than just regional distinction.
- Bottled 12 June 2014
- 14.4% alc
- Standard drinks 8.6
- Serving temperature range 20-21 deg C