R Wines Shiraz First Class 2006
Here is the first release of First Class Shiraz from Grateful Palate Airwines, made from 100% Shiraz grapes grown on 10 to 15 year old vines from some of the best regions of South Australia. The juice was fermented and aged for 18 months in a combination of new and one year old French and American oak barrels. The 2005 growing season had ideal growing conditions resulting in generous & concentrated fruit expression in the wines.
Vanilla, oaky, spicy, cherry nose. Flavors are smooth, lightly spiced with hints of chocolate, and nice round smooth silky tannins.
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The 2005 Shiraz "First Class" was barrel-fermented and aged for 18 months in new and 1 year French and American oak. More complex aromatically, it has a lovely bouquet of toast, smoke, cedar, lavender, blueberry, and blackberry. Opulent, velvety, and seamless, it has great depth, spicy blue and black fruit flavors with hints of licorice and chocolate, and a very long finish. Drink it over the next 10 years. The Boarding Pass label is just that, a dead ringer for an airplane boarding pass. According to Dan Philips, it is like going on a trip to Australia without leaving home while the First Class is a luxury upgrade. Aside from the humor, these two wines have more in common with Fed-Ex, delivering the goods right on time.
The 2007 Boarding Pass First Class Shiraz was aged for 18 months in French and American oak. It exhibits a glass-coating opaque purple color, an expressive nose of smoke, lavender, bacon, and licorice leading to a structured, slightly lean Shiraz that should evolve for 2-3 years and will hopefully fill out its frame.
The deep crimson-colored 2006 First Class Shiraz contains a dollop of Viognier. It was barrel-fermented and aged in new and one year French and American oak for 18 months. It has an alluring bouquet of cedar, mineral, tobacco, smoked meat, and blueberry. This leads to a full-bodied Shiraz with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. It has excellent depth, savory black fruit flavors, plenty of spice, and a lengthy finish. It will offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020.
Wine Tasting NotesThe wine is a lively, dense, ruby red in color. It has intensely perfumed fruit characters and is brambly with ripe black cherry. There are slight hints of cinnamon spiciness & light mocha. The juicy, fleshy palate finishes with ripe tannins.
Ripe and tangy, with a juicy feel to the texture from lively acidity and a flavor profile that balances dark, spicy cherry flavors with tomato salad notes. Not a typical Shiraz. Best from 2011 through 2015.
Amply endowed at 15.5% abv, this is a full-bodied, rich and velvety example of McLaren Vale Shiraz from winemaker Chris Ringland. The menthol, vanilla and black cherry notes are straightforward but pure, with nothing to distract from the bold fruit and tasty oak. Drink now-2015.
The wine is rich ruby red in color. Sweet blueberry fruit abounds in the nose complexed by tobacco, coffee, and chocolate. In the mouth, there are plums and fruitcake with lavish toasty oak and a voluptuous creamy structure.
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