An old vine Barossa Shiraz from one of our favorite producers. Dark purple and inky with colors that stain the teeth, the flavors and aromas are all Barossa. Black plum, blackberry fruit and black raspberry preserves with chocolate and pepper spice woven in come to the fore on the nose. The palate exhibits sweet, voluptuous, mouth filling black fruits with a dark chocolate edge, exceptional intensity and weight with a sleek tannin structure and a long warm finish. This is the total package for a Barossa Shiraz, rich textured, loaded with gobs of sweet fruit and a warm alcohol note on the finish.
"The blockbuster 2001 Shiraz should have been named the "Super Ball Buster." Classic Barossa Shiraz, it boasts a dense purple color in addition to a huge nose of melted tar intermixed with pepper, blackberry liqueur, and a hint of wood. Full-bodied, with loads of glycerin, and a monster finish, it should drink well for 10-12 years, possibly longer. Importers Ken Onish and John Gorman told me that proprietor Bruno Tait likes his wines "pitch black and packed with stuffing," which is somewhat of an understatement."