Charles Cimicky Shiraz Barossa Valley Trumps 2008
Sourced from estate-owned vineyards in and around Lyndoch. The "Trumps" name is derived from the Euchre playing that occurred in the down time by the workers of an original "Trumps" vineyard; Daylight Chamber. It was once the tradition of a small group of Barossa pioneers to retreat to the cool stone depths of an old vineyard cottage. Here they would while away many hours playing cards and drinking wine away from the critical eyes of puritanical souls. The cottage still stands among the vines that produce this wine, a flavorful, aromatic drink that always ‘comes up trumps!’
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Charles Cimicky Shiraz Barossa Valley Trumps
An earthy, grilled-nut, stewed fruit nose is an accurate preview of whatrsquo;s to come. Deep black cocoa, smoke, blackberry and pine-needle flavors smolder on the palate. Finishes with good length and cedar-plum flavors.
Rhone lovers will appreciate the hint of leather and herbs that runs through this strapping red, with more structure, complexity and body than you find in similar wines at this price. The ultra ripe currant, plum and berry flavors shine amid luxurious textures and well integrated oak.
The 2008 Trumps Shiraz was aged in predominately new American oak for 17 months. A glass-coating purple color, it displays a smoky, toasty, spicy nose leading to a fruit-filled, succulent Shiraz with a bit of underlying structure. This lengthy effort will evolve for 1andndash;2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 6andndash;8 years.
Clear, focused and detailed, delivering a juicy mouthful of plum, berry and tobacco flavors, hinting at clove and nutmeg as the finish lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2018.
Sweet red currant flavors hold clean and fresh, even as the tannins keep the wine low and black. For braised lamb or gamey meats.
The 2001 Shiraz Trumps is fashioned from younger vines, and spends time in used American wood. It reveals a Rhocirc;ne Valley-like leather component along with pepper, blackberries, and rustic cherry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, nicely-textured, and chewy, it does not possess the polish of most Cimicky efforts, but there are plenty of guts in this macho-styled Shiraz. It will drink well for 2ndash;4 years.
A Shiraz not afraid to walk to the beat of its own drum. Medium-bodied and lean, straying away from the typical over-oaked style. Bright, lively plum and black cherry interplay with the traditional spiciness of the grape.