As long as the vintages remain kind you can expect to see a continual upward progression with the Warner vineyard shi...Read more...
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As long as the vintages remain kind you can expect to see a continual upward progression with the Warner vineyard shiraz. Graeme Warner's tireless efforts in the vineyard have the vines working efficiently so that the fruit is fully ripe without excessively high alcohol. The wine has more complexity, power and finesse than the 2001. A combination of high maintenance viticulture and intelligent wine making. Deeply coloured almost black, blackberries, earthy characters, roasted meats, a bit of reduction in the background and a lick of vanilla, black pepper and a seductive flinty graphite-like aroma. Amazingly different! The palate has tremendous richness, but the tensile graphite-like structure keeps the wine focused. Like the bouquet, the palate is an explosion of flavours, blackberries, leather, spices, vanilla, a snippet of toasty oak, black pepper as a seasoning all fluently pulled together by the fine grained tannins and cleansing acidity. There is little doubt Rick has headed off in a direction of his own with the desire to pursue intensity and graphite-like characters that are the hallmark of truly great Cote Roties. It's not about overtly peppery characters - it's all about refined power with a subtext of succulent fruit held in check. An incredibly fine savoury tannin profile. Ripeness without sweetness is the goal.
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