Graham Beck Syrah Robertson the Ridge 2000
Ripe cherry purple. Nose bursting with ripe red berry fruit backed by dry herbs, cinnamon, roasted nuts and white pepper. Big but concentrated mouth with super complexity of fruit flavours, spice and well managed oak. Beautifully balanced with finest tannins giving just the bit of grip needed at the end of a long finish. Good now, great in another four to five years.
Lots of sediment. Dark purple that goes to clear just at the rim. Lots of secondary aged wine on the nose with some red fruit and smoky leather filling in the gaps. Very gentle, warm, and balanced on palate, but with a moderately long, slightly chalky, tannic finish. Drink this puppy now.
deep ruby with garnet rim; a lot of secondary characteristics on the nose - spicy, leathery, nutty, stewed red fruit; medium bodied and just barely hanging on to "well balanced" with diminishing fruit character -- i wouldn't hold on to this much longer, but it's nice right now!