Region: Barossa Valley
RRP: $30.00 to $35.00
Do I need to tell you again that the Barossa Valley produces some of the best Shiraz in the world?
If you have not been paying attention, then this wine should be able to do all of the talking for me.
The wine writes its own story. At $30.00 a bottle, I challenge anyone to find a better Shiraz for the price. If you do, I want to know about it.
So, let’s not bullshit around and move onto the wine itself.
On the nose, it delivers epic aromas all mingled into one. Like I have said in the past, excellent wines pose more questions than answers. This wine fulfills this statement.
Therefore, you will find, blackcurrant, plum, liquorice/aniseed, fennel, black Pepper, oak characters and a small hint of vanilla sweetness.
On the palate, the soft tannin flows so well throughout, that this wine effortlessly displays beauty and subtlety. You will find that the essence of blackcurrant works upfront and then intertwines with the oak to bring absolute balance to the wine that works into a finish of plum encased in semi-bold oak. It is almost as the oak it there to encase the fruit from escaping like a big hug.
I have stated this before, and it is an iconic factor in some of the best Penfolds wines. However, this wine gives off that same vibe. It captures that feeling where you feel like you are in a log cabin on a cold night next to a nice roaring fire. This wine delivers on all fronts. Fruit, oak and tannin all in fine balance.
Although it is drinking well now, I would love to experiment on just how far this wine could go. I therefore will buy half a dozen bottles of this wine and see how it develops over time; for I don’t think I will be disappointed.
Drinking well now, and up to 2035. I would not be all surprised to see this wine still drinking well in 30 years time. And with a wine of this price, it is not a stupid idea to ponder and experiment the longevity of this wine. If it has turned south, then you only have lost 30 dollars. Most wines that can go this far into the distance command such a higher price. So if you are asking me, it is money well spent and well worth the experiment if in the end you are only standing to lose $30.00
The SA Wine Guy