big black fruit, oaky, and delicious. I love the concept of a 70/40 cab shiraz. Great color and big bold flavor! Loved it. Read more
velvety smooth with a buttery finish. Read more
From the same team (growers Kim and Mark Longbottom and winemaker Kim Johnston) that runs Henryandrsquo;s Drive, this wine is made in a similar sty... Read more
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From the same team (growers Kim and Mark Longbottom and winemaker Kim Johnston) that runs Henryandrsquo;s Drive, this wine is made in a similar style. Produced from 6- to 12-year-old vines, it is a blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% American oak, of which 80% is new. It is an in-your-face, exuberant, flamboyant Aussie red boasting loads of espresso roast, toasty oak, blackberries, cassis, and licorice. Full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous, with oodles of glycerin and depth, this hussy requires drinking during its first 7andndash;8 years of life, although it may last even longer.
This blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from 10-year old vines cropped remarkably high for the resulting quality (4-4.5 tons of fruit per acre) represents a 700 case pleasure bomb. Although it is stunning, I am a little concerned about how well it will age given its forward style and cleverly crafted personality. Fashioned by brilliant winemakers Sarah and Sparky Marquis, and aged in both French and American oak (primarily new), it displays tremendous full-bodied, intense cassis flavors, low acidity, ripe tannin, and that tell-tale Sarah/Sparky seamlessness, opulence and voluptuousness. The inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a pure, alluring, enormously satisfying Australian red that may reveal even more complexity over the next 6-8 years.
Medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of black currant and roasted plum. Very thick, almost syrupy on the palate, with flavors of dark coffee, crème de mure, kirsch and chocolate candy. Finishes deep, ripe and powerful, with a mouthcoating, viscous texture.
This gorgeous effort, made by winemaker Kim Johnston, from vineyards owned by the Longbottom family, is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. It is a big, beefy, opulent red with fabulous crème de cassis-like fruit intermixed with notions of bacon fat, espresso roast, and sweet berries. This voluptuous, fruit-forward effort is a classic example of what Australia does best... deliver extroverted, super-ripe, lusciously-textured, nearly over-the-top wines that are thrilling to drink. This 2003 should age nicely for 7-8 years.
Rich in texture, with a thick frame of spicy, sweet mocha of oak around a plump core of raspberry, blackberry and currant flavors, all mingling prettily on the long, round finish. Drink now through 2005.
The talented team of Sarah and Sparky Marquis are the winemakers for this estate, which has produced some impressive offerings over recent vintages. This 1000-case cuvée offers up a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of black currants, blackberries, smoke, and earth. It is a graceful yet big wine, with medium to full body, a seamlessness that characterizes most of the Marquis wines, and a long, lusty finish with beautifully integrated acidity, alcohol, tannin, and wood. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.
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