Friday, May 9, 2008

Review and Rating: **** $ St. John's Road Julia Greenock Shiraz, 2003, Barossa Valley, Australia

Review: This is an inexpensive shiraz from the well known Australian winemaker named Rolf Binder. Color of the St John's Road Julia Greenock Shiraz, 2003, is deep purple in the glass, opaque at the center.
Aromas drive out of the glass, pumping slightly candied fruit and an earthen-wood aroma reminiscent of Sarah's Blend from Mollydooker and the old Inglenook cabernets.

On the palate is a fistful (ok, "mouthful") of dark, woody fruits, bunching up in the center palate, clothed in light acids and notable tannins. Finish is sweet, even and long. Four stars out of five. And a phenomenal value at its "practically free" price.

Robert Parker of Wine Advocate awarded this 90-92 points while in bottle sample, saying, "“The 2003 Shiraz , made by Rolf Binder , is still in barrel but appears to have stunning potential. A gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of chocolate and spice (any new oak utilized has been completely absorbed by the wealth of fruit) is followed by a big, rich, full-bodied texture, outstanding purity, and a layered, opulent, voluptuous finish. It should drink well for a decade.”

After a full day in the decanter: aromas lose much of the wood, bringing on a mellower, lightly oxidized depth to the hint of candied apple still apparent. The palate has held up well, slightly less distinctive perhaps, but still round and robust

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