Monday, December 28, 2009

Archetype Vineyards Old Vine Reserve Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2004 - Wine Tasting Notes

By way of background:Archetype Vineyards in the Barossa Valley of Australia makes this pure-bred shiraz from vines that average over 50 years old.  That means, in this case,  very low yields and more intense flavors.  We'll see what that translates to in the glass.  The Archetype Vineyards Old Vine Reserve Shiraz, 2004, is finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Archetype shows as a deep, luscious, mid-red, opaque about an inch and a half from the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously,this brings a bold, earthy, funky note of deep plums and oak to the palate.  An element of old world definitely hovers along the edges of this.

On the palate:First notes are an interesting blend of slick middle mixed with a brightly-hued blueberry fruit up top.  Solid acids keep the blueberry dancing along the roof of your mouth, while lightly sweet red fruit trickles along the sides of your cheeks.

And the finish:This settles around your tongue, with tangy sweet red currant keeping the show alive for a good long while.  Nice mineral core keeps the center focused.  Could settle nicely with a bit of a decant too.

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