Monday, January 10, 2005

10 January 2005 - wine of the day

Hentley Farm Shiraz 2002, Barossa Valley, Australia. Murky black/purple color; meaty/peppery/crushed black berries/herb smells (and perhaps a whiff of bretanomyces) and flavors -- some grip and a slightly funky edge, and a load of character. Dazzling wine, and the slight funk blew off in a few minutes.

That makes three unusually good Aussie Shiraz in the last couple of weeks -- a good sign after what seemed like months of ordinary stuff. If not for the Hently Farm, the Leasingham 2002 Bin 61 (Clare Valley) would have been the wine of the day, and considering it'll sell for about $8 less abottle, it still rates high. The other top notch Shiraz recently tasted was Chateau Reynella 2002 (McLaren Vale).


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