Sunday, March 4, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 39 Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2005, Australia - BEST VALUE

By way of background:  One more Cameron Hughes to try this evening... This one is the Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2005, Lot 39. It is a shiraz/viognier 90/10 blend, aged in a combination of French and American oak.

Original review, March, 2008:

It is deep purple, almost opaque, in the glass.

Aromas are strong of eucalyptus and cherry. Inviting.

On the palate, a sweet, bright frontal cherry offering, with a touch of chocolate and tannin bringing up the rear. Just a medium weight - not concentrated. A finish that heads a bit more towards the brighter fruits of raspberry and blackberry, but with good reminders of the earlier, deeper notes. Four stars out of five. Great value.

Updated review, almost four years later, March, 2012:  Now black magenta in the glass.  Soft eucalyptus and black cherry on the nose.  Still inviting.  Totally chocolate-covered cherries on the palate.  Soft and deep finish now.  Holding up very well to the age - not at all tired, even with seven years since vintage date. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Entirely consistent in nose and palate. 

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