August 20, 2009

Majella 1997 Shiraz

It is always a pleasure to share something that you have squirreled away in the cellar (whatever shape or form that cellar takes).  Having survived being relocated across the Indian Ocean to the UK and back on a container ship, we were very pleased to finally open this wine.  As you might expect from the Coonawarra, the aromas were delightfully savoury and chocolatey with some roast beef and warm spice.  There were still some dark berry flavours, but as with these older wines the savoury, chocolate flavours were predominant.

But it was the structure and finish that let us know that perhaps we could have waited yet another few years to open it. The tannins were ready and supple, it was still full bodied, the flavours and aromatics were still pronounced and the length was so lingering that you could have had it as a meal by itself.

Date: 18th April 2009    Drink: Now

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