Another compelling argument for Great Southern Shiraz, albeit more voluminous than the 2011 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz reviewed recently. Some reductive rubbery arse to begin with (which I actually enjoy) but it blows off quickly.
Amazingly savoury considering its dark and dense fruit profile. Black licorice provides a glint of sweetness. Excellent form from the entry to the conclusion with full-bodied depth and power deftly harnessed. The acidity seems particularly silky and comfortable, enhancing a velvet mouthfeel. Graphite tannin stretches its legs on the finish. Measured levels of predominantly pepper spice. Some warmth but I don’t find it distracting myself. Certainly no spiky, spirity heat. The balance is fine. 93
Region: Great Southern
Tasted: April 2014