I’m in Shiraz mode today, with a suite of Shiraz and blends open on the bench.
These two, however, I pulled out to taste separately (single blind) as I thought they would be reasonably similar. In truth they’re so different (and representative of place and maker) that tasting blind was a waste of time…
Galafrey Dry Grown Shiraz 2009 (Mt Barker, WA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $28
From the 33 year old dry grown estate vineyard, this showcases the hearty rusticity that Galafrey is known for. Sees two years in oak, which oak fortifies the wine a fraction, though this is clearly a big wine regardless – full of spicy black plums, thick purple fruit and black pepper. There’s a nice contrast here of deep, limitless of flavour and a rather, drying meaty finish that all points to low crops and long oak ageing, with an intensity that brings you back every time. Judging by length alone this is a winner, if in a slightly rustic form.
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? With something meaty I’d definitely drink a bottle.
14.5%, Screwcap, $37
Score: 17/20, 90/100
Would I buy it? Not yet.