The other night I drank the 2005 Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz. Rick Kitzbrunner recently pushed his Shiraz from the newer Estate Vineyard, but this Warner Vineyard Shiraz is hard to beat.
Redcurrent and red cherry flavours dominate. Spicy and fragrant notes are on the front of the palate as well. Primary fruit is still dominant, but the wine has aged beautifully. It has good intensity without being broad. The wine is well balanced and the tannins very fine.This wine has a good mouthfeel and a long satisfying finish.
This is an outstanding wine. It has many of the characteristics of a cold climate Shiraz, but is quite intense at the same time. It would give any premium Northern Rhone wine a run for their money. There are easily 10 more good years in this wine (under cork).