#14 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Deep red with black to purple hues. Vibrant and focused, the characters continually evolving. Aromas of red currants, cherries and subtle lavender, followed by chocolate, char, hints of crème anglaise, spice, earth and rosemary. Full of rich red fruits, cloves and earthy notes, supported by fine tannins and elegant oak. The long palate is full of generous fruit and remains focused as it evenly tightens to a long balanced finish with fresh acidity.
Wine SpectatorRipe, fleshy and generous, but not nearly over the top, with gorgeous
cherry, pomegranate, black olive and bay leaf flavors arching
beautifully and swirling through the long, supple finish. Best
from 2010 through 2017.
International Wine CellarBright purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of raspberry, blueberry, spicecake, potpourri and anise, with a subtle mocha undertone. More serious on the palate, where chewy cherry-cola and licorice qualities are complicated by notes of violet pastille and black cardamom. Large-scaled, fat and spicy, with strong finishing grip and supple tannins.
Australian Wine CompanionPure Barossa mocha, blackberry and fruitcake, blended with a generous serve of toasty oak; thick and unctuous on entry, the quite gravelly tannin refocuses the wine, to conclude with more toast and ample levels of sweet fruit.
The Wine NewsDense purple hue. Complex bouquet of maple, raisin and hints of plum. Soft and supple in the mouth with a blended quality showcasing blackberry and forest-floor flavors. Tart close with puckering, oak-driven tannins.
Wine EnthusiastDespite an elevated alcohol level of 15.5%, the
2007 Bella’s Garden Shiraz displays a crisp, red
raspberry fruitiness framed by cedar and cocoa.
It’s surprisingly focused for this level of ripeness,
the structure imparted more by acids than tannins. Drink it over the near term.
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