Much to ponder with this Geelong Shiraz. Has it gone too far in the pursuit of cool climate elegance? It’s on the knife edge of ripeness and needs time in a decanter to flesh out a little and give some roundness to the crunchy tannin.
Opens with the rubbery stink of reduction which eventually departs on the second day. Rotundone alert. So much white pepper on the nose that it actually obfuscates other aromas. Given time it exhibits attractive brambly fruit although the finish isn’t extensive. Slightly herbaceous on the back-palate. Light to medium-bodied with wholesome natural acidity. Has its charms but I’m not sold on it. 88
Tasted: May 2014