Friday, May 11, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Water Wheel Shiraz, Bendigo, Australia, 2006 = BEST VALUE

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Initial review, by way of background, January, 2011: This is Water Wheel Shiraz, Bendigo, Australia, 2006, finished at 15.5% alcohol.  These grapes from northwest of Melbourne were aged in fairly new American hogsheads (ie, larger barrels) for almost a year before bottling. 

In the glass: Bright brick red, hints of purple, opaque from about an inch in from the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, This shiraz from the less-know Bendigo region shows a sweet, candy-cane fruit aroma, bringing sweet plum and pepper.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are bright and sweet red peppers in the mid-palate, effervescent with the sweetness.  The alcohol provides the lasting touch, causing the sweetened fruit to glide around your mouth, slowly fading.  The high alcohol is not hot, but offsets the bright red fruit nicely.

In summary: Overall, a bold, bright, new world experience rating three full stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, in partially filled bottle, kept cool for two days:   Husky and sweet aromas.   Retains its bright red sweetness on the palate.
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Updated review, over a year later,  May, 2012:  Deep magenta, opaque in the middle.   Friendly and sweet new balloon (not helium balloon) smell.  The palate is friendly, with a sort of cherry cough syrup thing now going on.  The cherry syrup glides to a clean, long, layered and pleasant close.  Touches four stars now, becoming a best value.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Soft, sweet, inky smell (no balloons of any sort).  Balanced, layered, pleasant and bright with rich blackberry on the palate.  Full four stars. 

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