The Story Grampians Shiraz 2007 (Grampians, Vic)
A winner in every way. Let's start with the packaging: Squat, screwcapped bottle with a finely textured front label (no back label). The lightning bolt label is distinctive and I love the blue colour scheme carried through the text. Kudos Rory Lane for a great contemporary design.
Next comes the wine. Purpley black in colour with a super charged, ribena purple edge. The nose is deep & closed, with plum jam wafting through. Superbly polished, the palate is deliciously fleshy and generous, but with a deep core of black fruit that is positively slurpable. Its plum jam, black plums and Muscadelle with licoricey blue/ black flesh carefully matched by acidity and fine, very late tannins. There is some back palate bitterness to remind you just how youthful this wine is, but
otherwise it already feels complete.
Delicious stuff. Soft, yet with a real core of power and length. Its hard not to get enthused about this wine. The price is right, the wine is right, the packaging is right - its ticks all round. Get in quick as this wine is a notoriously fast seller. 18.6