Saturday, September 15, 2007

Schild Estate Barossa Shiraz 2005 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Huge nose of plum, blackberry, and cinnamon

Rich cherry core

Licorice finish, with pie spices and hints of vanilla

While big and ready to drink, this Shiraz has elegance and balance to keep it together. If you're familiar with the huge fruit flavors that Barossa Shiraz has become famous for, you'll appreciate this wine. But imagine adding an underlying balance and integration of flavors that keeps the wine smooth and elegant. This wine bring these qualities together.

By many accounts, producers of Barossa Shiraz are striving for more balanced and harmonious wines to give their "fruit bomb" image some polish. In my experience, this is truly beginning to happen and I suggest this wine as an example. Be prepared to spend about $25 for a bottle, and understand that it was awarded a big score of 93 points by Wine Spectator.

Raise a glass!

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