Near impenetrable, dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is elegantly proportioned and tightly concentrated with black berry fruits, black pepper and earthly minerals along with tar and spics, still bound and brooding. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours are somewhat shy and restrained, with black berries infused with black pepper, along with spices, ink and plummy notes.
Brilliant deep ruby red colour with purple hue and good clarity are a hallmark of Clayfield Shiraz. Firmish, linear and finely crafted Shiraz with all the pepper and spice expected of western Victorian red with excellent concentration and potential to improve. It's deeply fragrant and exceptionally spicy bouquet of raspberries, cassis and plums is enhanced by hints of meat and game, and backed by a well-balanced measure of lightly smoky cedar and vanilla oak. With a lean, firm spine of fine tannins, it's long and medium to full in richness but impressively concentrated in its deep, dark flavours of berries and cherries.
A blend of 40% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Deep crimson colour with deep crimson hue. Medium body. Perfumed nose of violet and cedar, followed by a hint of spice,vanilla and confectionary. The palate is both mouth filling and elegant, showing excellent length and depth of flavour.Very long aftertaste of mulberry, cedar, vanilla and pepper.
The palate is rich and full with plum and red cherries up front, with the strawberries and custard filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, and is characterised by black spices, nutty oak and focussed youthful tannins which will soften as the wine ages.
Bright red fruits conspire to create an amalgam, a continuum of flavours basking texturally avec sheen, gloss. These fruits do not travel solo – chinotto, liquorice, bread and butter pudding flavours peddle in parallel, quietly courted by stylish oak.
With thick skins, royal purple in colour and elegant flavours derived from ideal grape-picking conditions, cabernet sauvignon provides the structure and palate length. Shiraz grapes, akin to small.
Petaluma's famous 'Coonawarra' blend of old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz, all from the Evans Vineyard in the centre of cigar strip of Terra Rossa red soil over limestone. The 2010 vintage has to be one of the best – packed full of ripe fruit, mocha and velvety tannins. A wine not to be missed!
Plush, fleshy and mouth filling – showcasing a cleverly woven texture and deceptive (fruit) weight. Nectarine and blood plum fruits courted by the largesse of big, ripe and round tannins. Maturation precursors already awoken, although yet to ascend/unfurl – fresh wallet leather, pan scrapings, ... Long and persistent. Polished.
The Claire is only produced in outstanding Vintages. Texture, concentration of character and structure are features of this wine and the vineyard is the key. Made from 116 year old Shiraz from the Polish Valley 2006 was a very good Vintage as many of these vintage wines have found their way to market. The Claire again is very powerful and concentrated in colour and structure. The bouquet is powerful blackberry spice with hints of chocolate and cedar. The palate is even powerful and long with fine grain tannin and balanced acid. The wine has spent over 2 years in small French oak hogsheads which age between new, one and two year old.
Concentrated, dense plum-purple in colour, Yalumba The Octavius Barossa Shiraz 2001 smells of violets, forest fruits, warm spices and rich plums, all with a slightly funky edge and a good measure of dense, chocolatey, smoky oak.
Density, precision and complexity are all hallmarks of the '08 Langi shiraz, which is made from treasured old vines originally planted on the sandy granite soils next to the winery. Complex, fragrant, spice-driven lift, plenty of florals and fine-ground spices, a light, peppery edge and deeply ripened plum, black-cherry and blackberry fruits. The palate has ripeness and depth, with precise, fine tannins carrying plum and dary- cherry fruits to a very long, juicy red-fruit finish. Full of promise.
Intially opens up with a claret colour. The aromas are more in the red fruit spectrum with strawberry and boysenberry at the forefront. The palate is generous and the sweetness from the oak is still showing and somewhat dominating. The palate is tightly wound behind a wall of tannins.
Unmistakably Grange—formic, ripe, pungent, confronting. Core: darker elements—soy/cola/peat/coal- dust/Dutch black liquorice with sesame/sea-weed/quince paste. Beneath: coffee-grind/mocha/bitter chocolate (from oak?). Above: African spices coupled with a fleeting and appealing glacial waft.. A great Grange..
Very deep crimson in colour. The concentrated aromas are sweet, ripe and spicy with plums, prunes and blackberries complexed by hints of tar, anise, cedar and bacon. The rich, complex palate is dense, exotic and concentrated with black fruits. Beautifully balanced with great texture, excellent depth and length, finishing with soft velvety tannins.