6/00. Acquired from New York, June-99 for $48.
My first taste of this celebrated Australian wine. As I understand from the back label, it is only made in exceptional years and is the flagship wine of the Elderton winery.
COLOR: Medium dark violet-red. Little clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Plenty of red forest-fruit, various aromas of spices and flowers, and a pleasant vanilla bouquet without any wood smokiness. Very forward and distinct, multi-dimensional nose that to some extent (though not really) could be associated with a Chateauneuf du Pape...
TASTE: Here is where this wine really sings! Mouthful of delightful flavors. Wide spectrum of sweetish fruits, lots of winyness on a solid backbone. Discernible vanilla and very soft tannins make this wine extremely "user friendly". Perhaps not the deepest of flavors, but a pure delight on the palate.
LENGTH: Medium long sweetish aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Quite hefty at 14% alcohol, though its voluptuous texture and constitution serve to hide its weight. Plenty of forward yet complex fruit, fine structure and almost lack of tannins. The wine is well balanced for current drinking but I doubt if it will hold for many more years..
OVERALL: Very fine. A wine of distinct personality that is a real pleasure to drink.
|MARK: 18/20.||BUY MORE? Yes.|
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