Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Vintellect Southeastern Australia Shiraz, 2005
According to the label notes, this wine was fermented in stainless steel; then a small portion was aged in oak to provide depth and complexity. Vanilla oak is clearly present in the aromas; also fresh berries and cassis. In the mouth, the wine is less oaky than it smells and also less tannic. Friendly plum and berry fruit with a smooth, sweetish finish. The wine is a bit sweet for my taste, and I don't detect any of the cracked pepper suggested on the label. For under $10 a bottle, though, it's better than most Aussie Shiraz choices.