The appearance is opaque, inky magenta / black with dense purple hues on the rim and long, viscous alcohol legs.
The bouquet is powerful with dark chocolate and cedar wood up front followed by complex savoury aromas of a gourmet deli. There’s a lively lift of sweet spice, red berries and the yeasty aroma of freshly toasted brioche. The initial impact is full and intense yet the overall impression is supple, inviting and delightfully sophisticated.
The palate is bigger than anticipated with weighty fruit and a strong tannin grip. The initial flavours are dark plums and cherries with luscious oak adding subtle spice and savoury elements. The middle palate kicks up with a hint of sweet blackberry and raspberry coulis, which takes the edge off the youthful tannins allowing the alcohol warmth to linger on the tongue and deliver a long lasting finish that has surprising elegance and charisma, inviting sip after sip. This is a very generous wine showing premium fruit and skillful winemaking.
The wonderful savoury characters of this Shiraz are ideally matched to rare roast lamb or a juicy wagyu beef steak with garlic butter and crispy fried potatoes.
This is a classic Barossa wine which will deliver excellent drinking over a decade of cellaring. From release it offers an intense flavour experience which will continue to develop and gain complexity as it matures in bottle. Splashing or decanting for a few hours is highly recommended before consuming.
- Bottled May 2016
- Screw cap closure
- 14.8% alc
- Standard drinks 8.8