Here’s a nice surprise. Found this on a restaurant wine list at $275 and thought it was a great opportunity to access the big one. Yes I know that 1993 is not regarded as a classic year but I can’t justify the $600 plus for ‘better’ vintages.
The bottle was in perfect condition and had been stored well with a full neck fill. On opening, the cork was in great condition and the aromas from the bottle were fantastic, pure Shiraz with heavy blackcurrant, diesel, tar, liquorice, menthol and a little raisin. Decanted twice to clear off the fine sediment and then let it rest.
Tried the wine after a few minutes and it was smooth but a little tight on the finish, hard to believe this is 24 years old. Two hours later and all of the flavours had come to life on the palate with great silkiness, a punch of fruit, vanilla, cigar, mint and caramel.
This is getting better and better as the afternoon goes on and it has been such a treat to try. Most reviews say it is almost at the end of its drinking window but I think there’s a few more left in this, it’s beautifully mature but feels strong and elegant, no signs of weakening.
Better start saving for the next one. — 19 days ago
Revisiting this one. The hallmark sweet black fruit plus vanilla and coconut American oak of the Barossa is evident. It’s developing into comfortable leathery tones while retaining that dark fruit potency. Tannins have really softened off. Good time to be drinking it - should hold for a while but I won’t be leaving the rest for too long. — 6 days ago
More fruit than funk. This one was not at the very front or back of a lineup consisting of a 2012 Plumpjack, 2005 Cayuse En Cerise, 2013 Sleight of hand Psychedelic, 2009 Alban Reva, 2007 Bevan Bob's Cuvee Dry Stack Syrah, and a 2015 Montagu Hyde. Would definitely enjoy again if someone else was buying. I was very surprised to find a lot fruit still here. The cellartracker drink by window seems to have expired a couple of years ago, yet I did not really get many tertiary notes out of this wine at all. A lot of dark fruit here. Ripe blackberry, boysenberry, hint of earthy grit to the middle and finish. Still seemed to finish with a little bit of resolving tannin. The finish definitely has rounded off. Enjoyed quite a bit, yet if you have this in your cellar I would start opening! — 21 days ago
This was really cool to try. Don’t know much about the producer. I only got to enjoy this as a pop and pour so I’m not sure how it changed later in the evening, but it had dark cocoa dusted dates, old graham cracker and baked blackberry aromatics. Still youthful on the palate with fig, old graham cracker, and red & black ripe fruit. Hope to try one of these again. — 6 days ago
The Mystery Wine at the monthly Downs Club Committee Dinner - so tasted this blind. Dark crimson in colour. Initially subdued nose - very dense tight and contained. Don’t think it had had a long Decant - should have asked. Same tightness on the palate. This will live for decades. Plummy earthy mineral notes on the Medium plus bodied palate. Some astringent grippy Tannins at the finish. In its infancy. From vines planted in 1880. — 3 days ago
An icon of Australian Red wine. Unfortunately a strong whiff of H2S on the Nose. I have struck this problem previously with also Henschke Mount Edelstone on a couple of occasions. The hallmark of this wine has always been its beautiful supple silky tannins with flavours of plum and raspberry. Tannins totally resolved. The product of a 140 year single vineyard in the Eden Valley. Unfortunately prices these days have gone through the roof. I hope we don’t encounter the H2S in subsequent bottles. — 10 days ago
Holy F!! This was just firing on every single cylinder. Bright red and black fruits that are so ripe and delicious. Balsamic reduction, bacon, tar, iron, earthy goodness and a silky baby bottom smooth finish. A real wow wine. Co WOTN for me. Crickey!! @Michael Meyer this was a treat. — 2 months ago
Excellent shiraz from Torbreck, we got this at the winery during an awesome wine trip down under in December 2016. Doesn’t have the depth and complexity of their higher-end stuff, but is drinking really well right now. Great notes of blueberries, blackberries, along with hints of dark chocolate. Balanced, with a nice finish. Not obvious that this is going to improve a lot, so probably worth drinking sooner rather than later. — 17 days ago