Region: South Australia
Sub-region: Barossa Valley
Grape(s): Shiraz 100%
Distributor in China: https://www.calabriawines.com.au/the-iconic-grand-reserve-100-year-old-shiraz-waitlist-2018vintage?p=0
Barossa’s ancient, varied soils and up-country, dry-land climate produce famously attractive, voluptuous Shiraz, and it was just such a wine which inched ahead of its Australian red-wine peers to merit a place in this year’s top 50 Best In Show. Dark black-purple in colour, the scents of warm, almost treacly bramble and damson fruits, tar, leather and summer heat itself make for a headily inviting combination. The wine is concentrated, spicy, deep and long, with more of that bramble and damson given limpid focus. The wine has a juicy acid balance, melting tannins and is sagely oaked: skilled marshalling of what are evidently very fine raw materials.
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