Barossa Valley Estate Ee Black Pepper Shiraz 2003
A towering Barossa Shiraz. Distinctively spicy, brimming with prune, pepper and leather aromas and flavors on a rich, supple frame. Resonates beautifully on the finish, and will only deepen with additional cellaring. Drink now through 2012.Add winemaker's notes
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A towering Barossa Shiraz. Distinctively spicy, brimming with prune, pepper and leather aromas and flavors on a rich, supple frame. Resonates beautifully on the finish, and will only deepen with additional cellaring. Drink now through 2012.
Are you taken in by the glow of the color, by the vast and mighty Shiraz spice, by the yum factor? Go ahead, try to be a critic, to dismiss it as a Port, to pass over the delicious flavor of berries so ripe theyrsquo;re falling off the vine. So what if it is ripe as a Port? Itrsquo;s vibrant, the alcohol is completely integrated, and the wine is delicious. The tannins are smooth as chocolate, the flavors lasting, lifted, continuing to give long after each sip. Itrsquo;s a luxury. Treat yourself.
Crisp and lively, a bit tart but juicy with blackberry and floral flavors echoing on the aroma and the finish. Not a huge wine, but a winner for the vintage, offering lots of fruit and depth. Drink now through 2005.
Winemaker Stuart Bourne calls 2003 a thinking manandrsquo;s vintage, and he was clearly on form, crafting a delicious wine filled with blackberry tea aromas and flavors. Itandrsquo;s just slightly creamy on the palate, but still firm, turning a bit crisp at the end. Drink 2008andndash;2013.
Dense, dark and powerful, a mightly mouthful of black pepper-scented black cherry, stewed plum and licorice flavors that echo beautifully on the long, fine-grained finish. Somehow it finds an elegant balance in the end. Best after 2005.
Fir tree, orange liqueur and meaty aromas; the palate offers a veneer of vanilla enveloping raspberry, plum and chocolate flavors. Not as lush as some of the older wines; feels crisp and lively in the mouth. Cranberry flavors punctuate a crisp finish.
A cooperative founded in 1985 by local growers, Barossa Valley Estate excels with Shiraz. Eamp;E Black Pepper is the flagship wine, made only from vines 60 or more years of age. Cool weather in 2002 left some Barossa reds excessively crisp, but BVE made a classic, achieving its highest score ever; itrsquo;s a profound wine with muscular tannins and intense fruit.
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