Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wynn's Coonawarra Estate Shiraz, 2003

This is the kind of Australian Shiraz that I constantly look for...but rarely find. It has strong fruit presence, not too much tannin or oak, moderate alcohol and the depth of a serious wine. The color is a deep ruby, just beginning to change. On the first sniff, I get very ripe scents of fresh raspberries, plums, dark cherries and an attractive spice note. Coffee oak is there but well integrated. Very fragrant./ In the mouth, it's medium bodied with a rich mid-palate. Very ripe but with good acidity to balance and a peppery finish. Even on the second and third nights, this wine goes down very well, glass after glass. Probably at its peak but not going anywhere soon. I bought a half case of it some years ago for about $10 a bottle; wish I had bought more.

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