Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mast Rare Reserve Block Victorian Shiraz, 2002

This is maybe one of the last great wines made by the legendary Australian winemaker, Trevor Mast.This was about the time that he had sold Mount Langhi Ghiran and before he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which later claimed his life. Like the Langhi wines, it is a noted example of cool climate Shiraz, a style that led to dramatic changes in Australian winemaking.

Tasted side by side with the Penfolds Bin 28 and the French Hermitage (above), it provides some interesting comparisons and contrasts. Shiraz black fruit with black pepper and leather. The black pepper is a trademark of Langhi Shiraz, and it is becoming very predominant in this wine. Oh, and it carries over to the palate. Pepper and spice and everything nice. This is much better than the bottle we had a couple of years ago. Maybe it is French in style, but it is definitely Australian fruit.

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