The 2012 Barossan good news continues. Here the only question is what exactly do you score a wine like this? Technically it is rather light bodied and even simple, eschewing the structural elements of tannins and extract and perhaps sacrificing length in the process. Yet as a drink, as a wine, this is a perfectly delicious, deliciously perfect wine of fruit perfection. A Barossan joven that is as joyful a joven should be.
The technical details - a blend of 63% Grenache, 23% Mataro, 14% Shiraz. Grenache comes from the 70 year old Riebke bush vines, the Mataro from relatively younger plantings near Williamstown with plus a component from Stockwell in the North, with the Shiraz sourced from Koonunga Hill (the district that no-one can name on a label as it is a trademark. Just like Stonewell). pH 3.59. TA 5.8g/L.
The joy here is just the most wonderfully juicy, sweet fruited, freshly picked Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz fruit. It's sweet, yet as a wine it is bone dry, that sweetness all natural and perfectly balanced. All fruit, all the time in the most silky, raspberry, cherries and other assorted red fruits imaginable. The finish is ripe, generous and not hot, despite the 14.5% alcohol. Light tannins, no oak, no worries. A massive yes for me. Oh and did I mention that it looked even better on day 2? Amazing.
Score: 18.2/20 93/100
Would I buy it? Definitely
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