Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz

The 2002 Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz is an exceptional wine, exceptional in quality, and also exceptional in style for an Australian Shiraz.

This wine is still very fresh. It is medium bodied, with a complex palate of blackberry, redcurrant and any kind of forest fruit. Behind this sit savoury characteristics with oak very well integrated. The wine has great length and is kept fresh by a moderate level of acidity. The tannins are firm, but lead to a smooth finish.

This Shiraz is extremely well put together, reminding me of the great wines of the Northern Rhone, yet expressing the sun-kissed Australian fruit concentration we expect from a top wine.

I am marking this wine high, but it would have gone higher with a rounder, as opposed to a more linear mouthfeel.

Score: 96/++

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