Deep and impenetrable, black to
dark purple on the rim.
A lifted bouquet of ripe cherry, tar,
mint, clove and bitter chocolate. The
perfumed nose is very attractive and
alluring and shows excellent poise
from the Mediterranean climate of
The wine is robust and rich with a
balance that exemplifies the
hallmarks of the finest Barossa
vineyards. Firm and juicy, with
tannins that are drying and mouth
filling. The 2006 Bella's Garden is a
wine that will improve with medium to
long term cellaring.
Australian Wine CompanionMore opulent and fleshy than Gnarly Dudes, leaving no corner of the mouth untouched; the fruit, oak and tannins carry the alcohol.
Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, this is balanced with a vibrant core of red cherry, raspberry and spice flavors that persist on the chewy finish, expanding to show hints of dark chocolate and sweet spices. Best from 2010 through 2016. 5,400 cases imported.
International Wine CellarRuby-red. Energetic red and dark berry, floral and mineral scents along with a hint of spun sugar. Lively, sharply focused black raspberry and cherry preserve flavors are surprisingly weightless, with back-end mineral bite adding energy. A vibrant, deeply flavored shiraz that's very inviting right now but has the balance to age.
The Wine AdvocateThe purple-colored 2006 Shiraz Bella's Garden from Barossa Valley offers a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, pepper, damp earth, blueberry, and licorice. This leads to a full-bodied, layered Shiraz with excellent grip and power. Give it 2-3 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2011 to 2022.
Wine EnthusiastA big (15.6% alcohol) wine, the 2006 Bella’s Garden nevertheless comes across as balanced and drinkable in its youth, marrying a rich, creamy texture with mixed berry fruit and hints of mint and vanilla. Avoids any cooked character, finishing long and fresh. Drink now–2015.
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