Wednesday, 16 March 2011
?%, Screwcap, $75
This looks a little lighter than several recent vintages of this wine (05,07) but it's still a seriously full flavoured/styled Hunter Shiraz. It needs years and years to show it's best (at least another 5 years yet) in true Hunter fashion - indeed it's not even released for a little while yet, which is why I'm using the 07 vintage label.
Deeply and densely coloured, this looks much darker than nearly any other 09 Hunter Shiraz, which just gives cues about the style here. Simply put it is a large one, with a backward, licoricey and rather limitless depth in there. Biggun' swagger. Perhaps a tad too ripe even, with some estery volatiles on the nose. The palate is a firm, black fruited, tannic and gritty, with a real blackness to the fruit flavours in a Hunter-meets-Barossa style, yet with more fine tannins and without the sweetness. If anything you can't see much here at the moment, such is the foursquare style. Interesting tannins too, late bloomers they are, with a lovely grainy after the fact kick. Tannins are what really convinces of the quality actually. Long termer+. 18/93+