Blind Corner Shiraz 2010 (Margaret River, WA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $25
'..a field blend containing 2% Viognier. It is foot-crushed, hand-plunged in open pots and basket pressed before being racked to seasoned French barriques for twelve months. No fining or filtering'
Pretty special handling for a $25 Shiraz. Handmade to the max. All of Ben Gould's wines are like this actually, truly artisan gear. This looks a little too cool and simple for much love just yet, although many will enjoy the glossy style. Not quite my bag though.
Lifted red fruit and white pepper nose on this with just a hint of roasted fruit. Perhaps a fraction mono dimensional on the nose, the palate looks musky and super smooth, albeit a little simple and oak driven at present. A veritable barrel sample of a wine, though not quite with the dry concentration to really bowl me over. Still plenty likeable. 16.8/89+
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