Karra Yerta Shiraz Cabernet 2007 (Eden and Barossa Valley, SA)
$25, Screwcap, 14.5%
Dear Flaxmans Valley,
I love you.
Or at least I love the wines that are produced from the grapes grown upon your rolling rocky hills. What’s more, my love is stoked by just how consistent these wines are. Year in, year out, I am surprised by just how good your wines can be, like a warm and generous embrace that never loses it’s intensity.
But this wine is not wholly sourced from within the confines of your vineyards. Oh no, this includes some warmer Barossa Valley fruit, contributing some different flavours to your elegant intensity.
Thankfully though, this cross blended red does your reputation good justice. It smells of ripe, briary red raspberry fruit, beetroot and sleek chocolate oak. It’s a warmer nose than shown by some of the previous vintages of this wine, with a warmer palate to match, but it still feels… vital. Full of life. Soft and languid, polished and generous. It’s still a little harder, a little more meaty, stewed and chewy in the context of the typical Karra Yerta style, but it never crosses over into desiccation.
In short, it is another good wine from a superb vineyard. It’s not the greatest wine of the lineage, but it’s – again – an enjoyable drink. 17.2/90