Wonderful nose with coffee, cherries, oak. Cherries, chocolate, blackberries and tar on the palate. Long dry finish, with fruit, plum skins, and toasted coconut. Extraordinary. I would put this up against any $75 big name Australian Shiraz and have another bottle left to drink later. Maybe the key was 25% new oak, rather than the 100% new oak of the big blowsy fruit bombs floating over from the land down under these days.
Dark and inky. A concentrated nose with a bit of leather and plum. Smooth, but with a nice tannic structure lending a pleasant “abrasive” mouthfeel. Dark fruits, anise, minerals. An umami note on the end that leads to a very long, satisfying finish.
Remarkably light-colored for an Australian Shiraz, ruby and opaque rather than deep and dark. The nose is incredibly floral and aromatic. Completely smooth, like drinking silk. Blackberry, chocolate, and baking spices. Substantial, but with understated tannins. Absolutely easy to drink and very refined—almost Burgundian.
The always-generous folks over at Cleavage Creek Cellars sent three different bottles of wine for our action, their 2005 Tracy Hills Cabernet Syrah, 2007 tray Hills Merlot-Shiraz, and 2009 Tracy Hills Reserve Chardonay, total retail value $54.00.
Lot 82 - Summerfield Wines Indulgence 2001 (6 b0ttles) and Smidge Wines Limited "S" Shiraz, 2006 This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and it won't come cheap. The Indulgence is a wine Summerfield does not re...
Right off the bat it was like I dove head first into a rosemary bush and got a few sprigs shoved up my schnoz. I love rosemary and it’s a very distinctive aroma of the Syrah grape. Add that with some black olives and this was getting very interesting, indeed. The taste was also herbaceous with black fruit, slight minerality and medium spice on the finish.