Grant Burge, Filsell, Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia, 2011
This wine: from 100 y.o. vines, varietal syrah, unfiltered, throwing a fine sediment, agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, Ann et Vin, £24 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a powerful nose opening with meaty nuances and lots of ripe black berries, then warm liquorice and spice. Ripe unobtrusive tannins with acidity pitched just right, well-integrated toasty oak, with more ripe black fruits, liquorice and spice in mid-palate. A good length with lots of ripe black cherry and warm liquorice rounding off the finish. Decant for 2-3 hours.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of raw steak, blood, ripe black cherry and black plum, toast, spice, liquorice, blackcurrant, thick violets, cinnamon.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm tarry liquorice, black cherry, blackcurrant, black fruit boiled sweets, spice. A medium (+) length, with a clean black cherried spicy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with a good balance of acidity plus ripe tannins with alcohol, which is nicely pitched, and not too heavy, well-integrated oak, with a rich flavour intensity but modest concentration, showing some complexity and a decent length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: ready to drink now, well-developed with an interesting nose and palate, has a fine structure but lacks a little concentration and length, leads to an assessment of will hold for 2-3 years but not improve.