2013 Shiraz Old Bastard, Barossa Valley

August 11, 2018

 

 

Fresh cherries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, with peppery and weet spices. The palate reflects the nose with spices of anise, nutmeg, coffee and chocolate notes. Silky and savoury finish; fine tannins, good acidity and well balanced. ABV  at 15.5% feels high though. With a funny wine label. 

 

 

A lot of good comments such as: 

 

Wine Companion 2017 -95pt
100% shiraz from the Nuriootpa vineyard planted in 1893; hand-picked, matured in French oak (35% new). To say it is full-bodied is a masterly understatement: it is huge in every respect. But there is balance, and the display of multi-berry fruits is not obscured by tannins or oak even though they are omnipresent. Not my style, but commands respect

 

Wine Advocate - 97pt
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz Old Bastard has a slowly emerging, complex nose of incense, cloves, star anise, tar, underbrush and earth with a blackberry and blackcurrant core plus a touch of wild thyme. The big, full, opulently fruited palate delivers tons of flavor layers and wonderful structure with firm, rounded tannins and a racy acid line supporting the generous fruit through the very long finish.

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