A very dark, vibrant, polished appearance with a dense red crimson hue. Beautiful dark purple plums and floral notes of violets on the nose. Underneath there are exotic tones of compost and decomposing vegetables but in the most intriguing of ways. In the mouth, the deep plum and violet characters dance lightly across your palate and are joined by other floral notes, and black olives with edges of dried garden herbs. Sage features strongly amongst the mix. There is a interesting wood character that is provided by the vines rather than the barreling process in the winery. Solid, gutsy tannins with dense minerality roll out to the long, persistent finish.
Australian Wine CompanionSituated on the inland part of the McLaren Sand Hills sub region, the soil is sandy loam overlying sand and clay, the vines 42 years old. It's a particularly beautiful spot – hence the name. The wine shares the excellent color of the group, with a fragrant bouquet punctuated by soot/earth/olive nuances along with the black fruits. The palate soars and dives like a kite, with juicy fruit and a tannin mille-feuille that's perfectly pitched.
International Wine CellarInky Opaque purple. Sexy, heady aromas of candied dark berries, incense and spice cake. Lush, palate-staining blackberry and blueberry flavors show outstanding depth and energy, with star anise and violet pastille nuances building in the glass. Finishes spicy and very long, with excellent clarity and sweetness.
Wine & SpiritsThe most inland of Osborn's single-vineyard shirazes, this grows 490 feet up into the Sand Hills district on 42-year-old vines planted in sand over sandstone. This wine's powerful red fruit explodes out of a gunflint scent, its finish clearly delineated, focusing the flavors in an earthy direction. The fruit holds freshness against substantial alcohol, suggesting it will gain from cellar time. "You'd need a massive pepper steak if you drink it now" one taster suggested.
The Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 The Garden of Extraordinary Delights Single Vineyard Shiraz has a nose of black cherries, spiced blueberries and red currants over hints of dried mulberries, allspice, black pepper and cedar. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has medium to high levels of velvety tannins, lively acid and finishes long with a slight herbal lift.
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