Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rockbare Tideway Shiraz

The 2010 Rockbare Tideway Shiraz is a massive, masculine wine. Its colour is deep purple, and on the nose, vanilla from the American oak barrels strike you first. This continues onto the palate. I find this a bit unfortunate, as underneath hides an attractive flavour profile of dark berries, licorice, and meat. The wine is so big that its 15.5% alcohol is not separately noticeable. The tannins are firm, smooth and attractive, balancing the fruit well. The wine is 'front-loaded' getting weaker towards the finish.

I had this wine with barbecued meats, and this was a good combination. Others in the party enjoyed the wine quite a lot. I found it too big and overpowering, in particular the oak, which after six years should have integrated better.

Score: 90/0   

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