Layer Cake Shiraz 20 2008
Wine Advocate Review Rated 90 This was not an easy vintage in Australia, but you would never know it from this wine. As one expects from any South Australian Shiraz, it has oodles of fruit, a big, thick, juicy mouthfeel, velvety tannins, and lots of creme de cassis, blackberry, peppery, and tar-like notes in a deep, full-bodied, lush style that should drink nicely for 3-4 years as well. Wine Tasting Notes Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark super ripe wild blackberry, touch of cigar box finishing with a melange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bomb...complete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves...
color-red/blue nose-coco, blue berry, boysenberry mouth-swwet plum, coffee finish - long buy it age it share it
This was full bodies with pepper and spice on the nose and mid palate. Dark fruit and short finish. Not overly complex.
Am I the only person here who feel that this wine is salty?!
Not a wine to have on its own! With no time to sit this wine was not one I would have without some food. It was very earthy and herbal and just plain tight. After about 2 hrs of being decanted it settled down and became drinkable. it did seem to pair well with a spicy sausage chicken flat bread pizza with an olive oil base rather than tomato sauce. I do have to say after reading some of the other reviews perhaps I will give it another shot but for now it was just OK
I just don't appreciate Shiraz the way I do some other wines. This one is full bodied and fruity, with lingering flavors of tasty sweet things like chocolate and jams. As a sipping wine it is just too much before a meal, but not necessarily during or after. I could see this being a hit in a big wide open glass beside a bowl of cream bisque of crawfish or lobster, seasoned with fresh basil and black pepper, floating croutons pan toasted in butter; grilled sausage bursting with cayenne, garlic and cumin (maybe a link of boudin); pulled pork slowly smoked in a crust of dried mustard, celery seed and sea salt, over just a few chips of shagbark hickory. This wine, at its price, has a place at the table.
Wonderful aroma - first taste of this wine was extremely pleasant - a hearty rush of red berries followed by a lingering earthy tannic finish - well-balanced - reaffirms my affinity for Australian Shiraz - highly recommended
External Reviews for Layer Cake Shiraz 20
Dark, brimming with cocoa, fresh blueberry and spice; an abundance of black cherry, dried plum, freshly cut tobacco and coffee dominate the palate. Supple tannins prevail but are nicely integrated. It’s a very pure mouthful of Shiraz. Perfectly structured, zesty acidity carries the flavors over the entire palate penetrating each taste bud. The finish tends to linger for over a minute.
Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a melange of exotic spices. A pure fruit bombcomplete from attack through a long, lingering finish. Chefs will save this cake for themselves