By way of background, opening thoughts: OK, everyone knows by now - I'm a sucker for McLaren Vale, Australia, shiraz. Here's a really old one.
Original tasting and review : This is Dog Ridge Vineyard DV7 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2002, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled a whopping 12 years from vintage date, in July, 2014.
In the glass: Deep magenta, black in the center and opaque from about a quarter inch from the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, thick, svelte eucalyptus and black fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be classic bold McLaren Vale shiraz, thick, creamy, rich and layered.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact just as anticipated, with plenty of full ripe blackberry surrounded by oak and deep eucalyptus. Shows absolutely no signs of age. Finish fades very slowly.
In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a screaming best value.
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