Tasted just before bottling, this fabulous Shiraz, made from a 98- to 110-year-old dry-farmed vineyard in the northern Ebenezer sector of Barossa, ... Read more
Firm, but remarkably generous and pure, with richly articulated cherry, raspberry jam and licorice flavors that linger impressively on the meaty fi... Read more
The 2002 Barossa Shiraz (from yields of .5 tons of fruit per acre) was fermented in both French and American wood, left on its lees during malolact... Read more
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Tasted just before bottling, this fabulous Shiraz, made from a 98- to 110-year-old dry-farmed vineyard in the northern Ebenezer sector of Barossa, was cropped at .12-1 ton of fruit per acre. Aged 15 months in a combination of American oak hogsheads and French barriques, it is a brilliant effort from young winemaker Ben Glaetzer. Killer stuff, with notes of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, graphite, blackberries, cassis, and smoke, it possesses extraordinary concentration, tremendous purity, a seamless personality, and a magnificent finish that lasts over 60 seconds. Since this cuvee is never filtered, this tasting note should be accurate, if somewhat conservative for the bottled wine. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2016+.
Firm, but remarkably generous and pure, with richly articulated cherry, raspberry jam and licorice flavors that linger impressively on the meaty finish. Needs time to sort itself out. Best after 2008.
The 2002 Barossa Shiraz (from yields of .5 tons of fruit per acre) was fermented in both French and American wood, left on its lees during malolactic as well as for three months after. Aged in 100% new American oak, it will be bottled without filtration. The inky blue/purple/black color is accompanied by aromas of creosote, scorched earth, black as well as blueberries, creme de cassis, and subtle vanilla. The extraordinary aromatics are followed by a wine of size, power, great richness, delineation, and amazing depth as well as intensity. The finish lasts more than a minute. This exquisite 2002 is one of the most compelling offerings I tasted in the overall impressive performance of the 2001 and 2002 South Australian vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020. This is a wow-wow wine!
The 2001 Shiraz, which was aged in 100% new American oak pungeons (foudres), was to be bottled without filtration. It exhibits abundant amounts of concentrated cassis and blackberry fruit intermixed with subtle touches of licorice, dried herbs, and smoke. There is great fruit on the attack, mid-palate, and finish as well as considerable glycerin, a compelling opulence, admirable purity, and a long, 30-second finish. It is a terrific, youthful, yet accessible Shiraz to consume during its first 10-12 years of life. This offering was bottled shortly after I tasted it. It will be released in late 2002 or early 2003. The private label of Ben Glaetzer, the Egyptian name refers to a temple that historically was believed to have had the largest vineyard in ancient Egypt.
This dense ruby/purple-colored wine exhibits a sweet nose of vanilla, graphite, blackberry, and cassis. Full-bodied and pure, with decent acidity and a moderately tannic, silky finish, it is accessible enough to be drunk now, but will be even better in 1andndash;3 years. It should last for a dozen years or more.
Saturated violet. Amazingly complex bouquet of creme de cassis, candied blackberry, fresh flowers, cocoa powder and minerals. Pulls off the feat of being dense and sweet but also bright and lively, with potent dark berry, kirsch and licorice candy flavors that deepen with air. The tannins, if you can find them under the mountain of flavor, are fine-grained and wonderfully supple. This wineandrsquo;s purity of fruit, along with its precision and richness, made it one of the most dramatic wines of my tastings.
Ripe and smoky, a blast of cherry, dried blueberry, roasted meat and licorice flavors that power through the dense, ultraripe finish. A brawny wine that needs time to settle down. Best after 2010.
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