Monday, August 29, 2016

Updated Review: **** $ Earthworks Shiraz Barossa Valley 2006, Australia - BEST VALUE

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 By way of background: Earthworks Shiraz Barossa Valley, 2006, is from the highly-regarded Barossa Valley region of Australia, definitely known and respected for its old-vine shiraz.

Earthworks wine is essentially a negotiant wine, meaning the grapes are collected from farms around the region. Alcohol level is 14.5%, consistent with shiraz from this area.

Original review, May, 2009:

In the glass, Earthworks shows as a deep, dusty, brick-hued red, no hints of purple on this three-year-old specimen.

On the nose: Swirling hurls some of the candy apple aromas into the air. On closer attention, you can pick up some of those deep, ripe plum/fruit aromas along with hints of the inside of a new balloon - almost an overripe funk. That will probably blow off with a short decant.

On the palate, Earthworks touches the middle of your mouth with full fruit, sparkling a bit of spice to the sides. Acids tickle your cheeks, and a nice tannin flush provides for a reasonably-lengthy, slightly sweet finish. Solid stuff. Not so overwhelming that it couldn't accompany a meal. Three stars, making it an outstanding value.

Ready to drink now, but a couple more years in bottle won't do any harm.

Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate gave this 90 points, and wrote, "The 2006 Shiraz saw an identical regimen of tank and barrel. Purple-colored, it exhibits aromas of smoke, sausage, bacon, and blueberry which jumps from the glass. Medium-bodied, ripe, and sweet with no hard edges, this superb value can be enjoyed over the next 4-6 years."
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Updated review, over two and a half years later,  January, 2012:  Consistent color.  The helium aromas are gone from this six-year-old bottle, but the candy apple deep fruit remains.  Consistent notes on the palate, blending deep fruit with a bright acid coating.  Gets a plus for balance and longevity and remains a best value.  

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Candy apple has become more candy cherry on the nose.  Deep and sweet.  Thick and deep with a wonderful creamy lift too.  Hits four stars.  Awesome value!

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Updated review, another four and a half years later, now 10 years from vintage date,  August, 2016:  Same color, with the original brick highlights now consistent with the age.  The noseless wine reviewer can't properly judge aromas.  On the palate, deep red fruit, finished by a bright, sparky veneer.  Holding its age extraordinarily well!

Inspired by this wine: Poking the embers in the campfire, they are still keeping us warm!


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