A fascinating wine to taste in context of the other Taltarni reds. This Taltarni Reserve Shiraz Cabernet 2019 is so achingly backward, so future-focussed that it’s a hard wine to rate now. It’s the sort of wine that you peer into and puts up a wall. A wall of tannins, warming alcohol, stern acidity. Compared to the somewhat open Old Vine Shiraz this could come from a different year.
When I first opened it I wasn’t a fan. Unapproachability in liquid form. But the more you look, the more you admire the lines (I did). It’s not actually an obvious wine – sure, there’s this dark, enveloping choc mint blackness, but it’s not obvious at all. Full-bodied, but also not sweet-fruited or lavish. Again, lines of tannin, lines of molten power.
After two days open in the fridge, this was just revealing itself, which says it all. A twenty or thirty-year wine (if the quality cork holds), that just needs your patience.
Taltarni Reserve Shiraz Cabernet 2019. Best drinking: not now. Oh no. Maybe five years. Then drink from ten years to whenever. 18.5/20, 94/100+. 14.5%, $75. Taltarni website. Would I buy it? Only for the cellar. Actually, this would be a super birth year wine! I should get one for my daughter.
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