Saturday, January 16, 2010

Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz

The 1998 Barossa Valley Estate E&E Shiraz is a full bodied Shiraz, ripe, but not overextracted. It tastes of blackberries, plum and mocca, with earthy overtones - a nice palate. The wine has great harmony between fruit, savoury flavours and oak. The tannins are strong, but have softened over the years. The wine has good length and does not finish too dry.

This is an excellent example how a full bodied Shiraz from the Barossa can taste and be enjoyed. BVE do not get it right every year, but their 1998 is very good indeed.

Score: 96/+


Chris Plummer said...

Cheers for the notes Alontin.

I've got a single bottle of this in my collection, which I was considering to sit down for a couple of years yet (2016?) I also remember it being exquisite on my last tasting.

What would you say mate?

Chris P

Alontin said...

I still like to taste some primary fruit in the wine. Therefore I drink most good Shiraz between 7 and 10 years old. Based on the bottle I had, this should still show this in 3-5 years. Keeping it longer will probably shift the focus to earthy characters only. The structure will stand up longer. In the end,it is a matter of personal preference.