Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz

The Dalwhinnie Shiraz is one of my favorites. It is not a typical, high peppered cool climate Victorian Shiraz, like Mt. Langhi or Craiglee, but of course not a big Barossa either. The attraction comes from the multi-layered fruit profile and the very silky tannins. I have reviewed a couple of these wines here.

This time I had the 2000 Dalwhinnie Shiraz. The wine displays many berry flavours, like in a joghurt with fruit, in particular blueberry and blackberry, but also plum. The wine is not as full and ripe as in other years, but still delivers a satisfying mouthfeel. The wine has good length and the silky tannins are present. Eight years is a good drinking window for Dalwhinnie, in my experience. It brings out the complexity of the wine, while maintaining a fresh feel.

Also, the vineyard site is one of the most beautiful in Australia, with slopes on three sides at the end of a valley. I highly recommend a visit, where the tasting of Cabernet and Chardonnay is also worth while.

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