I met Michael Twelftree and we were discussing his flagship Shiraz, Ares, representing the very best parcels in each vintage and is sselected through an intense barrel classification process. A big powerful wine with complex aromas. On the palate blackberry and ripe cherry flavors, smoky oak, great balance, fine tannins, lingering endind with fruit and oak. Has room to age. Very nice. Tasting Sample. — 8 days ago
Velvet mint rich dark chocolate. Surprisingly soft and plenty of acid. Will be fun to try down the road — 17 days ago
Bought a six-pack of this wine from Penfolds for $12 each, then paid generally an equal or greater amount for screw-age. This is our last bottle as we have been taking a bottle each night to our restaurant dinners. Pleasant and reliable enough wine to enjoy with our Australian dinners and not having to suffer from some overpriced and uninteresting wine from the “list” — a day ago
Gifted by a client, surprisingly good Australian Shiraz. Royal purple colour with a deep core. The added Viognier really brightens the nose with generous aromas of woodland fruit as well as rosemary, pepper, black cherry and blackberry. The flavours are bold and brambly with cool dark fruit, wet soil and bark. I’m getting side notes of pepper, vanilla and cedar. Heat from the alcohol is in check but lingers a bit on the palate. — 2 days ago
A very dark rich crimson colour for 14 years. Notes of SO2 and asparagus which persisted over 3 hours after decanting but no effect on the palate. Medium bodied showing the cooler origins of the Eden Valley over the Barossa Valley floor. Coffee grounds, chocolate and savoury berry characters with M+ Intensity. This was a period where Yalumba was experimenting with single sites trying to show the different influences of different terroirs they had under their control. Burgundy like you might say. They didn’t persist with the idea and these bottlings but a useful exercise nevertheless. — 15 days ago
Really nice balance between fruity and savory. Nose of black pepper, leather, and olive tapenade balanced by mint and plump blackberries. Great acidity and nice finish. — a month ago
Deep dark red with aromas of fresh beery fruits with an earthy mineral expression. On the palate rich ripe fruit, blackberry & blueberry with hints of dried cherry. Well balanced with slightly firm tannins and lively acidity. Lingering finish ending complex with gentle oak, herb, mineral and earthy character. Will improve with short term aging, but don’t wait too long as you might be disappointed! Very nice Shiraz! Tasting Sample! — 13 days ago
Yes, we also collect Australian wine (Two Hands & Penfolds)...but they need many, many, many years so my posts are justifiably far between. Been aggressive on Two Hands from 2002 forward, great stuff, requires patience. WS indicated a 2020 peak, I disagree, likely 2022+ is more reasonable for the top end. We miss the days of paying $48 for these bottles.
Nose has intensely focused black cherry & pomegranate compote, mashed red raspberry and a cedar bat which Big Papi has full swing crushed you in your mouth enough times to know that 'it's there'.
Palate has a tawny note of raspberry port, plum & blueberry juice, cedar notes are fading but balanced, tannins are resolved and this wine is drinking near perfection. Amazinly long finish.
Still some heat of alchol on the nose letting you know it's still going to kick you in the hind quarters at some point (15% ABV). — a month ago