Monday, February 1, 2010

Review and Rating: **** $$ Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz, 2005, Limestone Coast, Australia

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Original Review, May, 2008: Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz, 2005, hails from the Limestone Coast/Padthaway region of southeastern Australia. In the glass, it is deep, dark magenta/black, almost opaque. Aromas are powerful, deep and plumy.

On the palate, Jip Jip Rocks is silky and svelte, tracing ripe blackberry currents down your cheeks, bringing rivulets of long-lasting flavors to your tongue. Sweet acid balances the thick fruit, lending lightness to the powerful potion. Tannins are not as noticeable. It finishes long. Four stars out of five. Phenomenal value at a modest price. I want to lay a couple bottles of this down to explore in a few years.

Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate awarded 91 points, writing, "Jip Jip Rocks 2005 Shiraz Limestone Coast exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as attractive blueberry, black raspberry, and creosote characteristics, wonderful intensity, supple tannin, and a long finish."

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After a full day's decanting: Aromas muted. Palate remains little changed from initial pour.

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Updated review, almost two years later, February, 2010, now five years from vintage date:  still awesome, round, full, lush.  Still four stars.  Great value.

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