Tuesday, September 14, 2010

**** $$ Strong Arms Shiraz, South Australia, 2006 - Wine Review and Rating (BEST VALUE)

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Original Review, December, 2008: Strong Arms Shiraz, 2006, is from R Wines and hails from mixed breed vineyards in South Australia. Love this label!!

Let's see what's actually in the bottle...

Strong Arms Shiraz shows as deep, ruddy red in the glass - opaque in the middle and dark brick towards the edges. Aromas carry forward the muddy, dusty theme, coming across with an overtone of deep, slightly funky (in a good way) fruit.

On the palate, a medium inky middle is the first note. Ripe blackberries wrapped in dark oak robes. Medium weight and good balance - fruits and acids and even a bit of tannins mixed in nicely. Finish is modest in length, though clean and classy. Three stars with a plus for its well-tuned nature.

Robert Parker awarded 91 points to the Strong Arms Shiraz for 2006, saying, "The 2006 Shiraz is composed of 46% McLaren Vale, 44% Riverland, and 10% Barossa Valley fruit. It was aged in seasoned French and American oak for 12 months. Opaque purple-colored, it has a nose of cedar, spice box, and blueberry. Fruit-driven, supple-textured, rich, and easygoing, the wine has remarkable class for its giveaway price. It actually has 2-3 years of aging potential but no one that I know is going to defer their gratification."

Updated Review, almost two years later, now four years from vintage date, September, 2010:  Still deep red in the glass, no bricking noted in the color.  Aromas are also consistent, deep fruit with pleasant funk.  The palate is sweet and full of deep, velvet fruit now.  Think deep, almost black blueberries, with slight acid lift, and red currant berries coming in for the finish.  Rating is up to four stars now and a best value at the price.  I'm glad I violated Robert Parker's expectations and deferred my gratification!

Following long decant, two days kept cool under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  Held perfectly consistent with the long decant.

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