Dandelion Vineyards, Lionheart of the Barossa, Shiraz, South Australia, 2013
This wine: varietal centenarian shiraz on own roots, unfined and unfiltered, screw cap closure, 375ml, Delilah Fine Foods, £~10 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: deep ruby hue, a strident nose of warm liquorice, ripe black cherry and currant, toast, vanilla and black pepper. A fine balance of acidity and ripe moderate tannins, with a medium-full body, showing more ripe black berries, toast, vanilla, cedar and smoke. Quite concentrated, with a decent length and toasty black berry and toast finish. Benefits from a half-hour decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of an edge of dried herbs, black currant and vanilla, savoury, smoky, black cherry, toasty and spicy, black pepper, dark chocolate, stewed black berries, warm liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained ripe medium tannins, high alcohol and a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture, with flavours of ripe black currant, black berry and black cherry, cooked black berries, toasty, vanilla, cedar, smoky. A medium (+) length, with a clean ripe black berried, liquorice and toasty finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, acidity with ripe tannins are a perfect match for alcohol and flavour intensity and concentration; quiet intense and concentrated, showing some complexity, with oak maturation contributing toast, vanilla and smoke, with a tertiary dimension of cedar, dark chocolate and a savoury edge. The finish fades a little to medium-long.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, has the perfect structure, balance, and fruit, to suggest improvement and development over the next 3-4 years.