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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.
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I score each wine out of 100 points, similar to many other reviewers. This score reflects my perceived objective assessment of the quality of the wine, its purity of fruit, complexity, elegance, structure, length of expression etc. The second score is an amendment, depending on how I personally like the wine: up to three + for a wine I like very much, and three - for a wine I don't like. The +/- score may correlate with the numeric score, but not necessarily so.