2006 Lethbridge Shiraz
Geelong Vic 14.5% Diam $35- Tasted 4/8/09
Seems I’m in Bowie mood this morning, but this wine had me singing “Rebel Rebel” from the first smell and taste. It’s a spicy little minx, with juicy black fruit, pepper, leather, earth and a swirl of sweet cherry. Bootsy Collins is adding some plum notes on the bass and it’s P-funked up with fungal characters and what I deeply suspect may be a touch of brett.
I’m sensitive to brett, but I don’t see it as always being a fault. In balance, it can enhance a wine and it does so here, combining with the earth and fungal notes. The fruit flavours are so pure and the acid is so juicy and clean, it’s nice to have something a bit less spotless in the wine’s make-up. It’s a polite and pretty girl dressed up in a torn skirt & fish net stockings out looking for action. I love her filthy heart as much as her innocent beauty. And she loves you long time, with a persistant finish incorporating fine knit tannins.
The sauvage nose is a little fresher in the mouth. It’s all a bit like a 3/4 cleaned stable, no problems that there is a little shit left around the edges, just adds authenticity.
It’s intelligent, playful, fun and passionate. It’s fucking top notch. If there is some brett and it’s only in this bottle, I will miss it next time I crack one. Clearly, I was never born to be a show judge.
“They put you down
They say I’m wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on””
94 (extra point for giving me such a good time)
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