Friday, December 4, 2009

Gralyn Shiraz/Cabernet

Gralyn sits in a plum position in Margaret River, right next to Cullen. Some people say it has the best fruit in the area. Yet, it is not well known in the Eastern States, because it is very small and the wines expensive.

I bought a little bit from the 2000 vintage. The 2000 Gralyn Shiraz/Cabernet demonstrates why this grape combination is so attractive. I have no doubt the French would do it in Bordeaux or the Rhone if it was allowed. The wine is full bodied, very clean, with attractive blackberry and raspberry flavours. The fruit hits you right upfront and stays, as the Shiraz flavours fill out the mid palate. There is a fair bit of textural complexity. The Cabernet provides the structure, although the finish is a little bit short. The wine is probably at its peak right now.

Score: 94/++

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the French did it in the past, and a few even do it now :)