13.5%, Screwcap, $45
|The Story Wines Westgate Shiraz Mosaic|
If anything it looks a little riper this year (even though the figures don't suggest that), with a slightly drying edge to the bright fruit. Regardless there is much to like with the sort of juicy, brambly, fruit driven medium bodied style here, with the main missing element just some much needed bottle age.
It all kicks off with a ripe, musky, glace berry nose of classic plum esssence Grampians fruit. It's a little fruitcake like in it's intensity, but that's largely a product of extreme youth. Palate too is ripe and young, glossy and juicy, the sweet vanilla pod oak giving an attractive creamy edge. If anything it looks a little light through the finish, without the tannins or freshness of it's brother, the Sableux, but probably with more fruit intensity and depth in comparison.
What this wine did remind me of is of the late 90s Bests Bin 0 Shiraz, carrying that same plum essence character of those old Grampians reds, a character trait that suggests that this should age very well indeed. All it needs is time. 17.8/92+