Montrose Black Shiraz 2011 (Mudgee, NSW)
14%, Screwcap, $32
Montrose is a bit of a forgotten icon in the world of Australian wine, it’s reputation built on some lovely rich reds of the 90s that even now look very healthy (Mudgee reds can do that).
Now under the stewardship of the well-resourced Oatley family Montrose and clearly back on form, with this Black Shiraz a wine that harks back to the glory days.
There is a real purple fruit richness to this that is quite delicious – rather like Hunter 11s in that plum skin fruit and plushness. Has that black earth Mudgee grunt too with little of the awkwardness of Mudgee mud.
Win. Will look even better in 5 years time. Maybe a fraction oaky, but a smart wine.
Score: 17.8/20, 92/100+
Would I buy it? In five years time that would be a yes.