Powerhouse fruit bomb --- nose of Nehi Grape Juice that just tasted fruiter and fruitier after opening up.
Decanted 2 hours. Very dark-dark burgundy color with a purple tint. First sniff was BIG oak (GV: Oak Monster!), unpleasantly so. Just wood, wood and more wood. Time in the decanter has mellowed the oak out quite nicely. Now, smells of candied blackberries and blueberries are more front and center, with the vanilla oak fading into the background. Very sweet on the palate, again with the blackberries, vanilla oak, and a somewhat hot, bitter finish that sticks around awhile in the back of my thoat. Not too bad, but not a great wine either. Time in the decanter definitely helped. Going to let the rest sit out overnight and try again tomorrow.
One of my favorite sub-$20 choices. Big and full with loads of rich jammy fruit. Well balanced with tannins and alcohol both in-check.
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A good value, the 2003 The Victor (85% Shiraz, 12% Grenache, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, abundant amounts of pepper, spice, black currants, and tobacco characteristics, fine ripeness, a big, supple texture, and medium to full body. Consume it over the next 3ndash;4 years.
Deep, dark red-ruby. Vibrant spicy, peppery aromas of sweet black and red cherries and freshly picked dark plum, with an undercurrent of sweet vanillin oak. Moderately rich and stylish, with fleshy flavors of minty cherry, berry and plum wound tightly around a spine of racy acids and bony tannins. Subtle earth and undergrowth elements add pleasing complexity.
Dark red. Warm raspberry and blackberry liqueur aromas are complemented by light tar and licorice. Dark fruit flavors are firmed by chewy tannins and pick up a bitter chocolate quality on the close. Plenty sweet, but with good structure and persistence.
A good value, the 2003 The Victor (85% Shiraz, 12% Grenache, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, abundant amounts of pepper, spice, black currants, and tobacco characteristics, fine ripeness, a big, supple texture, and medium to full body. Consume it over the next 3-4 years.
Bright and refined, with pretty blackberry, pepper, floral and beefy aromas and flavors, finishing in harmony. Shiraz and Grenache. Drink now through 2005.
A terrific value, the 2005 The Victor is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Grenache that was aged in neutral American and French 300 liter hogsheads. Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by a big, peppery, plum, and cassis-scented nose with background hints of white chocolate and herbs. Richly fruity, medium to full-bodied, and supple-textured, it is a hedonistic Australian red to drink over the next 3ndash;4 years.
So often an Australian Shiraz is just a shadow of its former self at five or six years old. The Victor Shiraz is still definitely Australian, but leaning toward the old world with a taste of charcuterie (sausage). This taste sets it apart from most other Australian Shiraz in the price range.
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