Dark ruby core, bordering purplish red with a cherry rim. Extremely perfumy with strong aromas of ripe blueberries, black cherries and a note of cream amidst notes of pronounced vanilla, licorice and cedar. Tannins are ripe and well integrated with the fruit profile, medium (+) acidity and a moderate finish. Overall, I would say it’s quite a typical but refined new world Shiraz – big, robust and powerful, with an elegance that left me yearning for just one more breath of its berry-buttery-vanilla goodness in the empty wine glass.
Appearance: Dark magenta core with a light ruby rim.
Nose: Muted nose on the first whiff. Crushed raspberries with some herbaceous characteristics but not unpleasant. Hints of dry liquorice roots was also detected.
Palate: To quote my dinner companion’s first response – “PLUMMY, plummy, plummy”. The rather high alcohol content (15.3% abv) was evident as the wine glided down my throat, leaving a trail of burning sensation. Good acidity here but tannins were still rather harsh around the edges.
Comments: I must say the Hartford Family’s Far Coast Pinot Noir outshone this bottle (in my opinion anyway). The wine seems to be out of balance right now and the aromas didn’t really open up very much. But there’s enough texture to offset the fruit bomb, which is to be expected anyway. Honestly, it’s still a little too young to drink.