Longview Yakka Shiraz 2009 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
14.5% Screwcap, $27
Hard yakka this vintage. Looks to have suffered in the vineyard.
The colour is correct – purple red – but look closer and there is just a tint of mahogany at the edges (a telltale sign of premature ageing). It smells big and ripe and heady, the volatility high sitting alongside mint and raspberry strained fruit. All through it is a big minty berry of a wine, carrying the heavy, tarry warmth of overripe fruit clashing with underripe mintiness and finishing with hard minty tannins and alcohol warmth. It’s going to flesh out more with bottle age but will always remain a compromised wine.
Score: 15/20 84/100
Would I buy it? No.