Mellville Syrah Estate Verna's 2011
"Looking at the Syrah, the 2011 Syrah Verna’s is a supple, sexy effort that’s loaded with black cherry liqueur, blackberry, pepper, stem, bacon fat and assorted meatiness on the nose. Filling in beautifully on the palate, with a medium-bodied profile, this knockout, voluptuously textured effort has no hard edges, serious purity of fruit and ripe tannin that emerges through the finish. Taking the better part of a day to shine, this beauty should be given another 2-3 years of bottle age and consumed over the following 7-8 years...92 points." WA 08/13
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Lots of light coming through the glass suggest, perhaps incorrectly, a medium-bodied red wine—a la a Pinot Noir. Something of a vegetative (green bell pepper or asparagus) and nutty (almond/walnut) nose. Initial mouth sensation supports the medium-body forecast. Then red cherry flavor with a “thickness” like caramel. After a few sips I realize that my disappointment with this wine is a complete lack of tannin and insufficient acid. As a result this is an OK wine, but it certainly lacks complexity.
External Reviews for Mellville Syrah Estate Verna's
Savory herbs game leather black olives and cherries all burst from the glass in the 2011 Syrah Verna s Estate. Some slightly rough edges - all typical of the Verna s throughout the years - remain but this is nevertheless an excellent wine that stands out for its personality and character. Antonio Galloni.