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Shiraz Tasting (December 7, 2001)

My colleague David Lawrason held a Shiraz tasting recently as part of his on-going advanced tutorials. His theme was Australian Shiraz with one ringer thrown in. The bottles were passed around for pouring so we all saw the labels. Here are my notes in order of serving:

Rosemount Estate Shiraz 2000 South East Australia ($16.95)
Ourple-ruby colour; smoky, tar and spicy blackberry nose; plum and vanilla on the palate with a floral back note, soft and sweetish with good acidity. A little short with a hot, jammy finish. *** (out of *****)

Lindeman Padthaway Shiraz 1998 ($18.90)
Purple-ruby; vanilla, spice, ripe blackberry and blueberry notes with a touch of sweet rhubabrb; nice mouthfeel, good fruit with lively acidity and soft tannins. ***1/2

Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz 1998 Victoria ($45)
(Unfiltered) Opaque, purple; minerally, spicy, oaky with a scent of violets; well structured, nicely balanced, chocolate, very elegant with an iodine finish. (Old vines)
*****

Wynn's Coonawarra "Michael" Shiraz 1997 ($65)
Deep purple; vanilla, coconut, floral, sweet blackberry nose; soft, well extracted fruit, good acidity with a firm, tannic finish. Needs 2-3 years. **** (with age ****1/2)

Penfold's St. Henri Shiraz 1997 South Australia ($46.80)
Purple colour; meaty, gauze bandage nose with hints of licorice, earth and dried fruits; full-bodied, firmly structured, Italianate style with a peppery, tannic finish. 14.5% alcohol. ****

Rosemount Balmoral Syrah 1998 McLaren Vale 1998 ($59)
Dense purple; vanilla, spicy, minty, white pepper nose; sweet, well extracted, jammy fruit, intense blackberry and chocolate flavour, fleshy and full-bodied; stains the glass. ****1/2

D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 1998 Mclaren Vale ($39.95)
Dense purple; spicy, oaky, earthy, white pepper, tobacco nose; sweet blackberry, chunky mouthfeel, full-bodied, good acidity, tannic finish. Needs time. *****

Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1998 Rhône ($80?)
Ruby with a purple tint; meaty, spicy, minerally nose; smoky, very ripe fruit, elegant cherry flavour, great balance and length with a bitter chocolate middle palate, spicy, smoky, iodine finish. *****+

St. Hallets Shiraz Old Block 1994 Barossa Valley ($43)
Mature ruby; cedar, dried cherries on the nose; drying out fruit, spicy, sour cherry flavour, good acidity and soft tannins. Hot finish. ***1/2

Thomas Hardy "Eileen Hardy" Shiraz 1997 McLaren Vale ($65)
Dense purple; vanilla, spicy, peppery, iodine, sweet blackberry nose; full-bodied, lively acidity, well extracted, cedar and blackberry flavours, still very fresh, tannic finish. **** (with age *****)

Penfold's RWT (Red Wine Trial) Shiraz 1998 Barossa Valley ($98)
Dense purple; sweet concentrated nose of iodine and blackberries; intense sweet blackberry fruit, chunky hot, high alcohol, not well balanced but makes it on sheer weight and power. ****

Penfold's Grange 1996 McLaren Vale ($295)
Dense purple, staining the glass; vanilla, animal nose with complex notes of spice and blackberry; intense, concentrated, sweet black cherry fruit and bitter chocolate flavours, firmly structured with a cocoa-like finish. A great wine. *****+

 

 

 

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