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.
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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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