2007 ‘XYZ’ Shiraz

“This is an experimental wine from Meerea Park. Basically (and I hate it when people start a sentence with that word) it? about four hogsheads of old vine Shiraz (off the Howard Vineyard) with 50% whole bunch and 100% new oak.There? a 110 dozen made and a fair whack of those are magnums..of which I will grab a couple.There? a caveat here that if you don? like a bit of stalk action in your wine then this is probably not for you. It? fresh and lively with cherry and berries and the lift of menthol and stalk. Throw in some liquorice, spice and plenty of cedar oak and you get the complete picture. I should add that all that new oak is already being mopped up by the fruit most admirably. It? firm and distinctly fresh in the mouth, and even though only just above medium bodied, has excellent drive and power. Sappy, spicy and fresh berried closing with a good length and dryness. This is a wine for the connoisseur, the enthusiast or the adventurous. I? say it will live a long time and may even have a few tricks up its sleeve yet to play”. Rated : 94 Points

Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – September 2008


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